Nobody ever enjoys being accused of a crime, but certain Ohio charges carry more severe legal repercussions than others. Violent crimes include a variety of acts that can result in heavy prison sentences and large fines. Typically, violent crimes require a victim to be killed or injured.
How are violent crimes different from other types of crimes?
Violent crimes are crimes in which the perpetrator used force or threatened to use force upon a victim. Non-violent crimes include theft that does not include causing any physical harm to another person.
Are sex crimes considered violent crimes?
Many sex-related crimes do not fall under the category of violent crimes. Prostitution does not involve force and is not considered a violent crime.
Criminal law statutes consider the following sex offenses to be violent crimes:
- Sexual assault
- Sexual battery
- Unlawful conduct with a minor
The most severe violent crime penalties exist for murder and manslaughter.
If charged with murder or manslaughter, you face a possible sentence of up to life in prison. The facts of the case influence how much time you can be sentenced to, including:
- You were provoked by the victim.
- You acted out of intense rage or in a moment of passion.
- You committed the act in the middle of committing another felony.
What are other violent crimes?
The following crimes also count as violent ones:
- Domestic violence
How can violent crimes impact your life?
A conviction for a violent crime may go far beyond prison time and fines. If convicted of a felony, you can lose job opportunities, the ability to vote and housing opportunities.