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Understanding Aggravated Crime Charges

Kevin Phelps Jan. 18, 2022

While any crime is worthy of concern, aggravated crimes add a level of severity that make them and their legal proceedings more intense and sensitive to “get right”. But what qualifies as “aggravated”? And how does that impact the case? Knowing what these cases look like and how to prepare for them will set you up best to make the right moves for a positive legal experience.

What qualifies?

What makes a crime “aggravated”? “Aggravated” cases refer to crimes in which circumstances were especially serious. This may mean a deadly weapon was involved, regardless of if the weapon was used or not, or a violent or dangerous fight caused some sort of damage and injury to a person or property. The victim’s status is one measurement of “aggravation”; or, if the crime involved assault, the intent or cause of the assault (as in, if it were a “hate crime” sparked by racism, sexism, etc.) Repeated offenses may also be considered aggravated.

What does this do to my case?

The consequences for an aggravated crime are amplified by comparison to normal charges. Criminal defense is a tricky task, but especially so when damages present clear evidence of unnecessary action (or reaction) to something. Evidence becomes more difficult to gather, witness and character statements are even more important than in average cases, and you will have to work more closely with your attorney to establish a variety of plans according to the decisions of legal authorities. You will need to be prepared for any scenario, including compromises with deals.

How should I prepare?

First, if you are accused of any aggravated crime, seek the advice and guidance of a lawyer immediately. Any statement you make can be held against you in trial. Furthermore, that lawyer should be someone you can trust to work well with you and for you during the entirety of your case—switching lawyers reduces your case’s strength as memories become faded or tainted with stressors and the statements of others. Legal proceedings are often a rollercoaster of unexpected timeline changes and important tasks that you cannot miss if you want to make a positive impression on a jury or judge. A large part of “preparation” for an aggravated crime is, besides the diligent collection and organization of information, a mental preparation of determination through legal proceedings.

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