A violent crime is generally defined as a behavior by persons, against persons or property that intentionally threatens, attempts, or actually inflicts physical harm. The seriousness of the injuries to the victim(s), whether or not guns or other weapons were used and/or whether or not the alleged perpetrator has a criminal record will alter the crime's seriousness.
Often times, violent crimes against individuals and their property are typically infused with hatred, or at the very least an incredible disregard for the worth and rights of another human being which may also alter the crimes severity in the eyes of a judge or jury.
Violent crimes can result in very serious convictions and punishment, and require an aggressive defense by an experienced trial lawyer. A violent criminal charge must be taken extremely seriously and defended vigorously. You generally only get one chance to defend yourself from such a charge, and the consequences will dramatically affect the rest of your life.
Of all violent crimes, homicides are the most serious — a crime that results in the death of another human being. Homicide can be charged as an intentional killing such as murder or manslaughter or as a negligent killing such as involuntary manslaughter. Murder and manslaughter are the most serious homicides which can result in lengthy prison terms or even a death sentence. Involuntary manslaughter, a crime where there is no intention to kill or do grievous bodily harm, also can result in a long prison sentence.