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Serious Violent Crimes Require a Tough Defense

Crimes of violence are offenses that are violent in nature, involving threats and force injury on another individual. Violent crimes are very serious and can result in severe consequences on the life of the alleged offender. If the crime of violence for which you have been charged is a federal crime, you will be facing even greater charges. Although not all violent crimes can be classified as federal offenses, those involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will likely be classified as such.

Seek the help you need after an arrest for a violent crime. Contact Shemaria Law Offices for a free initial consultation.

Title 18 Federal Offenses

Under Title 18 of the United States Code, crimes of violence are those that use or attempt to use physical force against another individual or property. Felony offenses that involve a substantial risk of physical force against an individual or property are also considered crimes of violence. Below are some of the cases Los Angeles federal violent crime lawyer Joseph Shemaria can handle.

Murder for Hire

Murder for hire is a criminal offense that is discussed in 18 U.S.C. §1958. You can be charged with murder for hire if you travel in interstate or cause another to travel in foreign commerce with the intent to murder.


Arson is a crime that involves starting a fire for a variety of unlawful purposes. It is a federal crime that can be classified as a felony and result in serious legal punishment. Arson is distinguished between primary fires and secondary fires. Primary fires involve buildings and structures. Secondary fires are spread as the result of a primary fire. This category also includes outdoor property fires.

Terrorist Acts

Under 18 U.S.C. § 113B, terrorism is a crime involving both the state and federal government. It is defined as the use of violence and/or threats to coerce individuals for political purposes. Terrorism also includes the unlawful use of force against a person or property for the objective of trespassing.

Forcible Sex Acts

Sexual offenses that involve forced intercourse, such as rape and sodomy, are serious crimes that are heavily punished. Rape is the act of forcible sexual intercourse with any person. Sodomy is anal intercourse but can also cover bestiality, fellatio, and cunnilingus.


Legal standards based on the 18 U.S.C. §§ 2340-2340A discuss the serious crime of torture. Anyone outside the United States who commits torture will be fined under U.S. federal law.


Kidnapping is considered a violent crime in California and can lead up to 8 years in state prison. Since it is also considered a violent crime, a kidnapping conviction will lead to a strike on your record as part of California’s Three Strikes Law.

Experienced Legal Guidance from Federal Attorney Joseph Shemaria

With more than 40 years of legal experience, Los Angeles federal violent crime attorney Joseph Shemaria has the necessary resources to provide tough federal criminal defense. If you are facing prosecution in federal court, your best move is to schedule a free case evaluation with our experienced defense attorney.

Arrested for a federal violent crime? Contact the firm today to start your defense. Call (310) 953-4004 or reach out to us online.

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    Joseph Shemaria graduated from UCLA Law School in 1969, with the most prestigious academic honors. He was also a Senior Editor of UCLA Law Review and graduated "Order of the Coif," the highest academic award. Mr. Shemaria started specializing in criminal defense in June 1970 and has tried cases in both state and federal courts from coast to coast. He has also handled over 1,000 state and federal appeals and writs, 30 of which were published in the permanent, official law books. Mr. Shemaria has ...
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