Violent Crimes

As unpopular as violent crimes and violent criminals are in society, individuals accused of violent crimes have the same rights as any other criminal defendant, including the right to an attorney; the right to a jury trial, the right to cross-examine witnesses, the right against self-incrimination, and the right to produce evidence. Individuals accused of violent crimes are typically those most in need of these Constitutional safeguards, as emotion and character evidence is often used to taint and sway the minds of the public, the court, and the jury.

At Dolan Law Offices we represent clients charged with a variety of violent crimes in communities throughout the Palm Springs area.

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Assault and Battery

Please note that the definitions that follow have been modified and abbreviated in order to make them easily understood by a person who does not practice law. For a full and complete description of the following charges, you must consult an experienced criminal defense attorney.

In California, assault and battery fall under two primary penal codes:

242: Simple Battery: Willful and unlawful use of force or violence against another person. Can only be charged as a misdemeanor.

240: Simple Assault: An unlawful attempt, coupled with a present ability, to commit a violent injury against another person. Can only be charged as a misdemeanor.

Important: Simple assault and battery charges can rise in seriousness and may even be charged as felonies when the victim is a member of a specified class: such as a police officer, emergency personnel or school employee. However, if such an enumerated individual is a victim in your case, you will be charged with a different section of the Penal Code than those listed above.

Depending upon a number of factors such as whether a deadly weapon was involved and the extent of injury, a conviction for this offense as a felony may qualify as a strike under California’s Three Strikes Law. Additionally, if the deadly weapon is a car, you may be facing a lifetime revocation of your California Driver’s License. If your case resulted in injury to the victim, you will also be responsible for the damages that were a result of your conduct.

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Murder and Manslaughter

If you have been charged with murder or a related homicide crime in the federal or state court, you have a right to vigorous, effective defense. At the Dolan Law Offices, we understand what it means to be charged with murder or manslaughter. It means that you already have public opinion against you. It also means that prosecutors would rather consider you guilty while they ignore your rights. We don’t let them.

Attorney John Patrick Dolan has received the AV rating* and is a California Bar Certified Criminal Law Specialist with more than 30 years of criminal defense experience in the courtroom. We believe in your right to a vigorous defense that protects your rights and your future.

We’ll Stand By You

Contact us right away for a free consultation about how to proceed with an aggressive defense. Make sure that you have the right attorney at your side before you say anything else that may be used against you. The Dolan Law Offices, in Indio, California, provides legal advice and representation for residents of the Palm Springs region and communities throughout Riverside County.

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