Violent crimes include rape, robbery, assault, and murder, or homicide. While most violent crimes are state offenses, violent crimes such as international terrorism, kidnapping, and bombings may be charged as federal crimes. The murder of a judge, police officer, or other federal official may be considered a federal crime.
Whether state or federal, violent crime charges are serious matters. If you have been accused of a violent crime, you may face a substantial prison sentence or even the death penalty, under certain circumstances. The counsel of an experienced criminal attorney will be essential. If you can't afford an attorney, the state is obligated to appoint an attorney to help you free of charge.