Here's what you need to know about violent crimes in the U.S.

Violent crimes range in nature, but the basic similarity is that they all result in the pain and suffering of another person. Interestingly, a violent crime doesn't have to result in actual physical injuries. Threatening violence can also sometimes result in violent crime charges.

The good news about violent crime is that it has declined over time in the United States. There are times when there are more crimes than others due to economic downturns and changes in the social state of the United States; however, Pew Research reports that crime in the United States has fallen over the last quarter of a century. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says the violent crime rate, in particular, dropped by around 49% between 1993 and 2017. The Bureau of Justice Statistics marks the same time period as having a drop of 74%.

Although violent crimes in America have dropped over time, it's still possible to be accused of violent acts against others. As someone who now faces charges, you need to know the steps to take to protect yourself.

Get in touch with your attorney

The primary thing you need to do is to get in touch with your attorney. Your attorney will immediately take action to protect your reputation and to prevent unfair treatment.

Stay quiet

Unless your attorney is with you, you should not speak with the prosecution or authorities. Doing so could accidentally make your situation worse, so avoid it at all costs.

These are the two most important things to do. Our site has more on what you need to consider if you're facing charges for violent crimes.

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