Violent Crimes Attorneys in Sioux Falls
Dedicated Attorneys to Defend Your Rights
Violent crimes are some of the most serious criminal offenses and they carry the most severe penalties. If you or a loved one has been charged with a violent crime, the stakes couldn’t be higher. You need a qualified and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney with experience handling these types of cases. At Ver Beek Law, our Sioux Falls violent crimes lawyers aggressively defend the rights of our clients.
Felony Charges for Violent Crimes
Most violent crimes result in felony charges. In South Dakota, felonies range from Class A, which are the most serious, to Class 6, the least serious. Regardless of the level of the criminal charges, any felony conviction will result in a felony record that will follow you for the rest of your life.
Classifications for violent crimes in South Dakota include:
- Class A: First-degree murder
- Class B: Second-degree murder and/or first-degree aggravated kidnapping with serious bodily injury
- Class C: First-degree rape, first-degree aggravated kidnapping, and/or first-degree manslaughter
- Class 1: Second-degree rape, and/or second-degree kidnapping
- Class 2: First-degree arson and/or first-degree robbery
- Class 3: Second-degree kidnapping, aggravated assault, and/or aggravated grand theft
- Class 4: Second-degree robbery and/or second-degree manslaughter
- Class 5: Making terrorist threats, internet gambling (second offense), and/or incest
- Class 6: Internet gambling (first offense), selling child pornography, and/or bigamy
Our Sioux Falls violent crimes attorneys understand that your freedom, life, and livelihood are at risk and will fight to ensure the protection of your rights throughout the legal process.
Criminal Penalties & Lasting Consequences
The criminal penalties depend on the specific charges and classification of the defendant’s offense. For example, the penalties for conviction of a Class 5 felony may include up to 5 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. While a Class A felony conviction carries a possible death sentence and/or a $100,000 fine.
A defendant could face additional penalties, depending on the number of prior convictions:
- One or two prior convictions – The sentence could be increased to the next level, such as from a class 4 to a Class 3 felony.
- Three or more prior convictions – The sentence is increased two levels, up to a maximum of a class C felony.
- Three or more convictions for violent felonies – If there are three or more felonies, including a violent felony conviction in the past, the new sentence will be increased to a class C felony.
In addition to the criminal penalties associated with violent crimes, a conviction will have lasting consequences on your life. Finding a job and a place to live are extremely difficult for people with violent felonies on their records. If the conviction was for a sex crime, there may be additional consequences, such as a requirement to register as a sex offender.
Building a Unique Defense for Every Case
When facing charges for a violent crime, your freedom depends on presenting a strong defense. Our Sioux Falls violent crimes lawyers have extensive experience representing clients, negotiating with local prosecutors, and defending clients in the courtroom. We recommend contacting us before giving a statement to police or answering questions to ensure your protection.