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South Bay Violent Crimes Defense Attorneys

Violent Crime Defense Attorneys In Torrance Since 1987 | South Bay Criminal Defense 

The South Bay criminal attorneys at Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP have extensive courtroom experience in the area of violent crime defense in Torrance Court. Violent crime attorneys Paul Takakjian and Stephen Sitkoff utilize their unmatched violent crimes defense expertise, as well as their experience as former Torrance Court prosecutors to aggressively advocate for our domestic violence defense firm’s clients. Police and prosecutors take violent crimes extremely serious. Therefore, most allegations of violence are diligently investigated by South Bay law enforcement agencies, aggressively prosecuted by Torrance Court prosecutors, and punished severely.

The violent crime attorneys at Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP have a combined 70 plus years of criminal law experience in Torrance and throughout the other South Bay communities. Mr. Takakjian is a former special prosecutor and Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist with over 35 years experience. Mr. Sitkoff is a former supervising prosecutor at the Torrance Court and former Superior Court Commissioner. Call our Torrance law office now at (424) 757-0865 for a free consultation to learn how we can best defend you.

South Bay Misdemeanor & Felony Violent Crimes


Murder, under California Penal Code section 187(a), is defined as the unlawful killing of a person with malice aforethought. The violent crime of Murder is divided into 2 categories: 1st Degree Murder & 2nd Degree Murder. 

Murder in the first degree is punishable by up to life in California State Prison without the possibility of parole. If special circumstances are alleged, you could face the death penalty. Second degree murder carries a punishment of 15 years to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Furthermore, prosecutors in Torrance do not have to prove malicious intent in order to convict you of 2nd degree murder, as unintentional acts such as Felony DUI and Gross Vehicular Manslaughter with Impairment could be elevated to second degree murder (“Watson Murder”) if you have a prior DUI or Wet Reckless conviction.


Torrance misdemeanor assault charges are prosecuted under PC 240. Described as the unlawful attempt to inflict injury or harm upon another, simple assault does not require physical contact nor injury as an element of the violent crime. A South Bay arrest for assault is punishable by up to 1 year in LA County Jail. Although simple assault is a misdemeanor offense, felony assault charges can be filed if you are accused committing assault with firearm or any other deadly weapon.


Misdemeanor battery charges in the South Bay are prosecuted under California Penal Code section 242. Described as the unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another, unlike simple assault, requires prosecutors to prove “some form” of physical contact was made between you and the alleged victim. “Some form” of contact includes spitting on another person or even harmlessly throwing an emptly plastic water bottle at another. While battery offense are typically charged as misdemeanor violent crimes in Torrance Court, the offense can be elevated to a felony violent crime if your alleged actions resulted in serious injuries to an alleged victim. Felony battery under PC 243(d) is a much more serious offense, which carries state prison potential.

Assault With A Deadly Weapon | Assault Likely To Cause Serious Injury

Under California Penal Code 245(a)1, aggravated assault is defined as assaulting a person with a deadly weapon or instrument not considered a firearm. Often referred to as felony assault, aggravated assault charges in the South Bay most often involve 3 common scenarios:

  • You allegedly assaulted another with a deadly weapon or instrument not considered a firearm or gun
  • You allegedly assaulted another with a firearm or gun
  • You allegedly assaulted another in a manner likely to cause great bodily injury

As a “wobbler” offense in California, assault with a deadly weapon can be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony violent crime. The punishment for a conviction is severe for both felony and misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon, ranging from a 1 year maximum county jail sentence on misdemeanors to a 4 year maximum on felonies.


Among the most severely punished violent crimes in the South Bay, robbery is categorized as a “straight felony.” Therefore, robbery under California Penal Code 211 cannot be reduced to a misdemeanor and is considered a “strikeable” offense under Califonia’s 3 Strikes Law. The punishment for robbery can vary in harshness with the most punitive sentences resulting from robbery convictions involving the use of a firearm, otherwise known as “armed robbery.” Robberies without the use of a firearm, also referred to as “strong arm robbery,” are viewed as less serious as compared to armed robbery. However, the punishment strong arm robbery is significant as well.

South Bay Violent Crimes Lawyers Since 1987

Contact our South Bay violent crime firm today to speak to an experienced Torrance criminal defense lawyer. Our track of record of successful case results in Torrance Court ensures your case will be fought on an even playing field with the necessary expertise assure you receive the best possible outcome. Call us now (424) 757-0865 for a free case review to learn what you should do next and our law firm can best defend you.

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