Just like other crimes, violent crimes are usually categorized into two groups: Misdemeanors and felonies. Generally, misdemeanors carry less harsh sentences compared to felonies. Unfortunately, most violent crimes always end up being felonies which carry harsh punishments.
If you are charged with a violent crime, you risk spending the rest of your life behind bars or even being condemned to a death penalty if charged in a federal court or in a state that still have legal execution.
Furthermore, if you are convicted of a violent crime, you risk losing your right to owning or carrying a firearm. Being classified as a violent offender can also prohibit you from accessing rehabilitation programs and other court diversions in the future.
There are also mandatory minimum sentences for violent offenders in some states. This means that if you are found guilty of committing the crime, you may be forced to serve a certain number of years in jail regardless of any mitigating or personal factors involved in your case.
However, working with experienced attorneys for violent crimes can go a long way in ensuring that you are acquitted of the charges and let off the hook.