Omaha Violent Crime Defense Attorneys
The Omaha Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff’s Office are dead-set on keeping our streets free of violent crime, but that can lead to them being overzealous. Accusations are leveled against innocent people every day, sometimes just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Whatever your situation may be, if you were charged with a violent crime in Omaha, you deserve strong representation in criminal court.
At Bottlinger Law L.L.C., our team has the skill you need to defeat a violent crime charge. We have experience in complex cases, ranging from assaulting a police officer to murder. We can investigate your case immediately, reviewing evidence and witness testimony and negotiating with the district attorney for reduced charges or a complete dismissal. Do not put your future in jeopardy. Trust in only the best and call Bottlinger Law L.L.C. at (402) 505-8234 for a free case evaluation.
“Violent crime” is a term that refers to a specific set of crimes that involve some act of alleged violence or threat of violence. From 2018 to 2019, violent crimes across our state increased by 4.4%, from 5,401 to 5,638 offenses, with Omaha experiencing 2,883 of those charges. To fight back against these rates, our criminal courts have been levying harsh charges against many defendants, despite the complexity of their cases.
It is important to secure strong legal representation after an arrest to ensure your rights are protected. Our defense team at Bottlinger Law L.L.C. can provide the expertise and knowledge you need in cases involving:
- Domestic violence
- Weapon offenses
- Criminal threats
- Gang crimes
- Vehicular homicide
Nebraska violent crime charges can be misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the specific charge and the nature of the crime. Assault, for example, goes from third-degree to first-degree, with the penalties increasing from those of misdemeanors to those of felonies. The prosecutor will determine whether the defendant only threatened to harm the alleged victim or actually harmed the alleged victim. Even if you never laid a hand on the “victim,” you can be charged with assault for making someone fear for their life or safety.
Other factors that influence your charges include:
- You have a previous criminal conviction (habitual criminal enhancement).
- You used a deadly weapon (weapon possession enhancement).
- You intended to harm someone.
- The victim suffered a great bodily injury or death.
In any case, your attorney should thoroughly review the nature of your charges to develop a defense strategy. Physical evidence, witness testimony, and specific local ordinances can all play a role in defending your future. At Bottlinger Law L.L.C., our team will look through every detail to give you the best defense possible.
“Self-defense,” legally speaking, only applies to specific scenarios. Outlined under Nebraska Revised Statute 28-1409, a defendant’s actions may be protected as self-defense if the amount of force they used was “justifiable” when the defendant believed it was “immediately necessary for the purpose of protecting” themselves against “unlawful force.”
Simply put, you may only use self-defense if you believe that your actions are necessary to prevent someone from harming you or someone else. For example, if someone tries to mug you outside a store, you may use reasonable force to defend yourself, but if your actions are considered excessive, then self-defense would not apply. There also must be a consistent threat, meaning if the assailant stops attacking you, then you must also stop defending yourself.
Defending against a charge of violent crime requires a dedicated Omaha criminal defense attorney. Self-defense may apply in some cases, but there are other strategies our team at Bottlinger Law L.L.C. can use to protect your future. We have achieved complete dismissals for multiple clients charged with violent crimes and have a successful track record. To get a top lawyer on your side in Omaha, call us at (402) 505-8234 for a free initial consultation.
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