Christopher Arriola has been a prosecutor for nearly 14 years. He first worked at... more
Christopher Arriola has been a prosecutor for nearly 14 years. He first worked at the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office in 1995 and moved to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office in 1998. He has tried over 50 Jury Trials to verdict including serious felonies. He was President of the Santa Clara County Bar Association in 2006 and is a Past President of the CA La Raza Lawyers and... view profile
A violent crime occurs when a person uses (or threatens to use) violence to harm another person, including rape, assault, and murder. The penalties for violent crimes are stiff; conviction almost always carries substantial jail time. If you are accused of a violent crime, you need an attorney with experience defending others in that particular crime, one who will understand how to best defend you based on your facts and circumstances. Sometimes the government will offer a “plea bargain,” meaning they will drop or lower the charges if you agree to a lesser crime. A violent crime lawyer will be able to evaluate the government's case and the terms of the bargain to suggest how to proceed in your best interests.