Skip to Content
When Your Future is On the Line, We're Here to Help
Violent Crimes

Santa Barbara Violent Crimes Lawyer

Defense Representation in Santa Barbara, Venture, San Luis Obispo & Santa Maria

Violent crimes are among the gravest for which you can be investigated, arrested, and charged. These offenses involve the use of force or threats of force against human life. Because of their aggressive nature and often disregard for others, they are considered among the most serious of all offenses and are forcefully prosecuted and punished.

If you have been accused of a violent crime, you should immediately seek the help of a trusted and experienced criminal defense lawyer. At Sanford Horowitz Criminal Defense, you can be represented by a former Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office prosecutor. Mr. Horowitz has considerable trial experience, thoroughly understands California criminal law, and is dedicated to providing clients with thorough and unwavering representation for the best possible outcome. 

Get a Free Consultation with Our Santa Barbara Violent Crimes Defense Team. Call (805) 749-5670 Today. 

What Are California Violent Crimes?

Accusations of violent crimes are severe due to the potential damage to the victim and society. A conviction can lead to long-term imprisonment, hefty fines, and a criminal record that can significantly impact one's life, affecting employment, housing, and personal relationships.

Violent crimes in California encompass a range of offenses, such as: 

  • Murder and Homicide. Murder is the intentional killing of another human being. It's divided into first-degree murder (premeditated killings) and second-degree murder (non-premeditated killings committed in the heat of passion or while committing another felony). The punishment for murder varies but can include life imprisonment or the death penalty. Other types of homicide can consist of manslaughter, such as vehicular manslaughter.
  • Sexual Offenses. These include rape, sexual assault/battery, and other sex-related crimes. They are considered especially grave when committed against children and those unable to consent due to being drugged, intoxicated, or physically or mentally handicapped.
  • Mayhem: Mayhem is a criminal act involving disfigurement, dismemberment, or disablement of another person's body part. It's considered an extremely violent crime and can lead to severe penalties, including imprisonment.
  • Manslaughter: Manslaughter is the unlawful killing of a human being without malice aforethought. It's divided into voluntary manslaughter (killing in the heat of passion) and involuntary manslaughter (killing due to recklessness or negligence). Penalties often include imprisonment and fines.
  • Assault and Battery: Assault is an unlawful attempt to commit a violent injury, while battery involves the actual use of force or violence. Both offenses carry potential jail time and fines.
  • Arson: Arson involves intentionally setting fire to property with malicious intent. Depending on the severity, arson can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, with corresponding penalties.
  • Kidnapping: Kidnapping is the unlawful seizure and detention of a person by force or fraud. Punishments can range from fines to lengthy prison sentences.
  • Home Invasion: Home invasion, or residential burglary, involves a greater risk of violent confrontation and harm to residents, leading to serious charges.
  • Robbery: Robbery is taking property through force or intimidation and is considered a serious felony with substantial penalties.
  • Carjacking: Carjacking is the act of stealing an occupied motor vehicle using force or intimidation and is a serious felony offense.
  • Domestic Violence Offenses: Domestic violence crimes involve acts of abuse or violence within a household and can result in various penalties.

Impact of California's Three Strikes Law on Violent Crime Sentencing

The Three Strikes Law in California is directly related to violent crimes. Under this law, if a person has two prior convictions for serious or violent felonies, a third conviction for any felony can result in a sentence of 25 years to life in prison. This law underscores the state's determination to deter repeat offenders and protect the public from violent crime.

Importance of an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer

When facing violent crime charges, it's crucial to have an experienced criminal defense lawyer by your side. 

Here is what our attorney at Sanford Horowitz Criminal Defense can do at different stages:

  • Investigation: We can protect your rights during the investigation, ensure fair treatment, and potentially prevent charges from being filed.
  • Arrest: Post-arrest, we can negotiate for bail, challenge the legality of the arrest, and ensure that you're treated humanely in custody.
  • Charges: Once charged, we can review the evidence, identify weaknesses in the prosecution's case, represent you in court, and negotiate for a plea deal or reduced sentence.

California violent crimes carry severe consequences under the law. The Three Strikes Law amplifies potential penalties, particularly for repeat offenders. Given the gravity of these charges and life-altering potential implications, engaging an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can navigate the complex legal system, protect your rights, and advocate for your best interests is vital.

Call a team member at (805) 749-5670 or email us for legal help today. 

Continue Reading Read Less

The Right Firm Makes a Difference

Why Clients Choose Us
  • Aggressive & Compassionate Representation
    You are our number one priority in and out of the courtroom.
  • Former Prosecutor on Your Team

    Work with an experienced former prosecutor who knows both sides.

  • Providing Service in Spanish
    Criminal defense provided by a Spanish-speaking team.
  • Offering 100% Free Consults
    Talk through all of your legal options during a free consultation.

What Clients Are Saying

  • A former prosecutor, Sandy is a skilled litigator who understands both sides of the criminal justice system, which is a tremendous asset. While we hope never to be in a similar situation again, we can recommend Sandy without hesitation.
    - Ann S.
  • A great relief and reassurance to anyone potentially facing criminal charges.
    - S.A.
  • To say that Horowitz is a great lawyer is an understatement. I would highly recommend him to anyone dealing with a legal issue.
    - Haley S.
  • In addition to being highly intelligent and professional, he is incredibly empathetic and kind, which helps when dealing with life’s unpleasant situations.
    - Eli S.