Violent crimes are more serious offenses than traffic infractions or other victimless crimes. Those accused of violent criminal offenses may face jail time and expensive fines if they are convicted. There is also the lifelong impact of a criminal record to consider.
Providing a defense against violent criminal charges instead of pleading guilty can be a smart decision. If you avoid a conviction, you can move on with your life. If you do wind up convicted or plead guilty, you can potentially make statements to the court that will impact the sentence you receive.
One strategy that might help you if you intend to plead guilty or if you are awaiting sentencing after a conviction is to use the psychology of violent crimes to ask the court for leniency.
Violent behavior often stems from fear or trauma
Human violence doesn’t just spontaneously occur. People learn to become violent to defend themselves or to acquire resources if they have lived in an environment of scarcity. Those with traumatic childhoods or who have been victims of violent crimes may become more likely to commit a violent offense in the future.
Violence often is the result of unconscious fear and a desire to protect yourself. Incarceration is not an environment that will help someone with the history of trauma overcome their issues. Counseling and community support partnered with probation might be a better option.
Exploring your background and other mitigating factors can help you determine the best strategy to defend your actions. Asking for rehabilitation support instead of castigation could play a role in your defense strategy. An experienced attorney can provide valuable advice.