Crimes of violence are serious offenses with severe consequences that include mandatory prison time. In other words, the judge will have to sentence you to prison if you are convicted. Furthermore, the prison term for a crime of violence must be at least at the midpoint for that felony’s “presumptive range”.
For example, if the presumptive range for a crime is four to sixteen years, then the midpoint is 10 years. So if the offense is charged as a crime of violence or is a crime of violence, then a conviction would result in a prison sentence of at least 10 years.
Prison sentences for crimes of violence can escalate dramatically!
Not only do crimes of violence carry a minimum, mandatory prison sentence, they also double the maximum prison time possible. For example, a felony that normally carries a maximum prison sentence of 16 years could result in jail time of 32 years if it is designated as a crime of violence.
Furthermore, if a dangerous weapon was used during the felony, then there can be an additional mandatory five-year sentence.
Finally, the mandatory prison sentences for crimes of violence can stack up. So if you are convicted of more than one crime of violence, then you can be ordered to serve the first mandatory prison sentence before the second one even begins. Any additional prison time for using a dangerous weapon will stack on top of all of that!
Prison is not the only consequence!
Apart from all of these immediate consequences, a violent crime conviction can also have a lifelong impact. It will be placed on your permanent record and can sabotage future career opportunities. Furthermore, the stigma of a violent crime conviction can damage your reputation and undermine your personal relationships.