Violent crimes are said to be on the rise in Washington D.C., prompting law enforcers to team up with federal authorities in an effort to help local police fight such crimes in the area. Under the new partnership, FBI agents will be riding with D.C.’s homicide units, providing additional manpower, faster access to extensive databases, and assistance in intelligence gathering.
While maintenance of peace and order is vital to any community, hasty arrests and prosecution can violate the rights of those accused of violent crimes – people who stand to face long periods of jail time unless their defenses are well-prepared, and presented professionally.
Police Arrest Teenaged Suspects in Violent Crime
Three teenagers were recently arrested and charged for the alleged first-degree murder of a 22-year old man in Montgomery County, Maryland. Police claimed that the three suspects are members of the MS-13 gang and that they were allegedly with the 22-year old victim a day before the victim was found dead in a wooded area. The victim allegedly bore multiple gunshot wounds and detectives maintain that they have recovered the weapon they allege was used in the killing.
Investigators admit that they were uncertain about the circumstances surrounding the victim’s death and called for possible witnesses to come forward with any information on the incident. Two of the suspects were detained without bond.
Importance of Criminal Defense Attorney
Violent crimes such as first-degree murder while armed, or pre-meditated murder, and conspiracy to commit pre-meditated murder, are serious charges that can lead to long periods of imprisonment and associated bad record. If you are charged with a violent crime, you are entitled to raise appropriate criminal defenses that can lead to a dismissal of the charge, reduced penalties, or a not-guilty verdict, if the case is prosecuted in court.
Proving your innocence or justifying circumstances in your favor requires knowledge and skills of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Entering a plea of guilty regardless of the apparent evidence against is a serious decision that you must make only after speaking with a criminal defense attorney. Your attorney will study your case, and the charges and evidence against you, to determine the most effective violent crimes defense strategy under the circumstances.
In Washington, D.C., the attorneys at Lotze Mosley, LLP have years of experience in criminal defense litigation including violent crimes defense. We can help you by investigating your case, exploring every option available in your situation, and fighting hard to protect your rights during trial.
We invite you to call us today at (202) 393-0535 to discuss your situation with one of our attorneys.