There are many types of violent crimes.  They include homicide; the taking of human life, and which covers both murder and manslaughter; assault and battery; rape; kidnapping; domestic abuse and vehicular manslaughter.

All can have very serious penalties especially homicide.  Types of homicide include:

  • Murder in Mississippi is defined as a killing that occurs with deliberate design or while in the commission of an act eminently dangerous evincing a depraved heart. Deliberate design is the intent to commit the murder.
  • Capital murder is a particular form of murder in which a killing occurs in the course of certain other felony crimes such as arson, robbery, kidnapping and burglary.  In Mississippi, if you are indicted for capital murder, you could possibly be subject to the death penalty.
  • Manslaughter There are two types of manslaughter – A killing committed while in the heat of passion, which is called “Heat of Passion Manslaughter,” or Culpable Negligence Manslaughter.
  • Aggravated DUI is when you are operating a motor vehicle while legally intoxicated and you injure or kill another person, while in the operation of that motor vehicle. In Mississippi, the maximum penalty for someone charged with an Aggravated DUI is up to twenty-five years.

Use of firearms

All crimes which involve the use of firearms can become more serious by being classified as violent crimes.  A crime such a simple possession of marijuana can be made much more serious if the defendant carried a firearm at the time of their arrest. The maximum sentences can even be doubled if a firearm is found to be in the defendant’s possession.

Violent crimes – State crimes or federal crimes

Some violent crimes are federal crimes and are subject to federal jurisdiction.  Such crimes include kidnapping if it involves the crossing of a state boundary or terrorism.

Felonies and misdemeanors

Most but not all violent crimes are felonies rather than misdemeanors.  However some cases of assault which do not cause bodily harm are classed at misdemeanors rather than felonies



Defenses against charges of violent crime

  • Self defense is one of the strongest arguments to put up against charges of some form of violent crime.  Force can be legally used if in legitimate defense of yourself, your property, or other people.
  • Prevention of a crime In certain circumstances force can be used in order to prevent a crime occurring
  • Challenging the forensic evidence.  In many trials relating to violent crime the key evidence is forensic, whether finger prints or DNA.  In many cases it will be perfectly possible to present a reasoned case as to why your finger prints or DNA trace is on a crime scene
  • Challenging witnesses  The prosecution in many violent crimes cases relies on witnesses.  The memories of many witnesses are often unreliable and can be affected by emotions or suggestions made by the prosecution.  Such witnesses can be challenged in cross examination.

Violent crimes include the most serious crimes of all.  They can result in the severest penalties in terms of imprisonment (and for some murders, the death penalty) and fines, as well as the destruction of your reputation and the break up of your family.  It is essential that you get the right attorney with the right experience and the right approach to deal with these immense problems on your behalf.