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Mr. Donath has spent his entire career defending people and standing up for the rights of the accused.

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  • former deputy public defender

    As a former Deputy Public Defender in Riverside County, Mr. Donath has always been on the defense side of the law. 

  • award winning certified criminal law specialist

    Top 100 Trial Attorneys in California 2012-2014, 2008 Trial Attorney of the Year by the Riverside County Public Defender's Office, and dozens of other awards and accolades.

  • a true passion for defending the accused

    Your lawyer should have a passion for defense, not just a passion for money. Reputation, vigor, and determination go a long way in this business.

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Riverside Violent Crimes Lawyer

Violent crimes are often devastating for victims and defendants who have been wrongfully charged. Terrorist threats, arson, assault, kidnapping, and false imprisonment are all violent crimes, and those convicted typically suffer the full extent of sentencing in the state. Some people may face a lifetime in prison for violent crimes. The seriousness of the charges makes these cases some of the most complex to defend as well as some of the most necessary; luckily, our Riverside criminal defense team has the the resources and knowledge to defend you.

Law enforcement, prosecutors, and others in the criminal justice system make mistakes. When they do, they may target innocent people or unfairly treat those who have made grave errors. There are often numerous considerations in violent crime cases, including the context, emotional state, mental capacity, conduct of police officers, and existence of hard evidence. Prosecutors must prove a defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and the Law Offices of Graham D. Donath, APC, a Riverside criminal defense firm, knows how to cast doubt on any number of violent crimes cases.

Types of Violent Crimes

Violent crime is an umbrella term used to classify a number of criminal activities that threaten the safety of others or cause harm or death. Violent crimes our offices handle include:

  • Robbery and burglary
  • Criminal threats
  • Arson
  • Kidnapping
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Gang participation
  • Murder
  • Mayhem (intentionally injuring or disfiguring)
  • Torture
  • Domestic violence

The crimes themselves are fairly straightforward, and it may not be difficult to prove that they did, in fact, occur. However, proving that someone had malicious intent and did commit a crime with sound mind is much more difficult. Our team uses a variety of defense strategies to protect our clients from wrongful consequences and severe sentencing.

Every violent crime case is different, and we begin our representation by gaining a full understanding of the circumstances. Mistaken identity, self-defense, witnesses who lie or exaggerate the truth, and poor police investigations may all play a role in building a strong defense against serious violent crimes charges.

In violent crime cases, investigators and evidence analysts may rush to pursue justice and catch a perpetrator instead of working systematically to get to the truth. These cases may result in pinning a crime on the wrong individual while a real criminal goes free. Our team looks at every angle that could affect our clients’ liberty.

Hiring an Attorney

If you are being investigated for a violent crime or you are facing charges, your case may determine the rest of your life. Convicted felons of violent crimes may spend the rest of their lives in an overcrowded and potentially corrupt state prison. Regardless of your beliefs and understanding of the circumstances, hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney is the best way you can protect your rights and ensure your case obtains the best possible outcome.

At the Law Offices of Graham Donath, APC, we will not pretend to know the outcome of your case from the start, but we can build a strong case as your partner and fight aggressively for a fair trial and treatment every step of the way. We will tell you what we know to be true about the judicial system and help you make informed decisions about your future. If you do not have a criminal defense attorney and you are facing violent crimes charges, now is the time to act.

Attorney Donath is a certified specialist in criminal defense law – an honor few defenders in the state hold. We work hard to get results for our clients because we know that their futures are at stake. Contact our Riverside office today for more information, and learn more about what our team can do to help.