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Violent Crimes Attorneys
in Lafayette, Louisiana

If you’ve been accused of a violent crime, you know how stressful it can feel. Someone charged with any kind of violent crime in Louisiana faces severe penalties, including hefty fines, life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, a permanent criminal record, and other devastating consequences. It’s entirely natural to feel overwhelmed.

Have you been arrested and charged with a violent criminal offense? It’s important to retain a highly-skilled Louisiana criminal defense attorney to stand by your side and strategize a path forward. At J. Clay LeJeune, Attorney at Law, LLC, we are committed to offering vigorous representation and comprehensive legal counsel to individuals facing violent crime charges. Our experienced attorneys will fight aggressively to uphold your legal rights and make sure you are given fair treatment.

J. Clay LeJeune, Attorney at Law, LLC, proudly represents clients across Lafayette and the surrounding areas of Jefferson Davis, Iberia, Acadia, St. Landry, St. Martin, and the rest of Louisiana.

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What Is Considered a "Violent Crime?"

A violent crime can be described as an offense that involves the use of force against a victim, and when a victim is harmed, injured, or threatened with violence. Generally, the seriousness and severity of a violent crime are determined by the magnitude of physical injury or harm caused to the victim.

Types of Violent Crimes

At J. Clay LeJeune, Attorney at Law, LLC, our attorneys have devoted their careers to providing outstanding legal services and comprehensive representation to clients in a wide range of violent crimes charges, including, but not limited to:


In Louisiana, murder involves the killing of a human being when the defendant has specific intent to kill or inflict great bodily injury on the victim.


Under Louisiana law, manslaughter is the killing of a human being in sudden passion or heat of blood immediately caused by provocation, which can cause an average person to lose self-control.


Rape is the act of anal, oral, or vaginal sexual intercourse with a male or female person committed without the alleged victim's lawful consent.

Sexual Battery

Sexual battery involves touching the anus or genitals of another person, directly or through clothing, without the victim's consent. The victim in these cases is typically below 15 years of age and is at least three years younger than the alleged offender.

Domestic Violence

Under Louisiana law, a person could be facing domestic abuse charges for committing a violent act, such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, stalking, or any other crime on a victim who is a family member, household member, or dating partner.


Battery, according to Louisiana law, is the intentional use of force or violence upon another person. It may also be the intentional administration of a poison or other noxious liquid or substance to another person.

Armed Robbery

A person could be facing armed robbery charges in Louisiana for taking or stealing anything of value from another person, without the owner's consent, by the use of force or intimidation, while armed with a dangerous weapon like a knife or gun.


Kidnapping can be described as the forcible seizing and carrying of any person from one place to another.

False Imprisonment

In Louisiana, false imprisonment is described as the intentional detention or confinement of another person, without the victim's consent and without proper legal authority.

It’s important to keep in mind that the above offenses are not a comprehensive list. There are several other violent crime cases that our law firm handles. If you or someone you know has recently been arrested or indicted for a violent crime, it is absolutely crucial that you hire a skilled criminal defense lawyer right away. Our legal team can help you understand the potential penalties and consequences of your charges and craft your defense strategy.

Possible Penalties

Louisiana's justice system takes violent crimes very seriously, and the implications of a criminal conviction can be far-reaching. Depending on the seriousness and severity of the offense, extent of harm, and other circumstances, the potential penalties and consequences include:

  • Prison sentences ranging from months, years, or decades

  • Massive fines

  • A criminal record

  • Restitution to the victim

  • Loss of voting rights

  • Loss of your rights to own, possess, or carry a firearm or gun

  • Difficulties in obtaining certain financial loans

  • Increased difficulty in getting public benefits or government assistance

  • Increased difficulty in securing housing, education, scholarship, and employment opportunities

  • Increased difficulty in traveling overseas

  • Possible deportation or inadmissibility into the United States

An aggressive violent crimes defense attorney can investigate every detail of your unique situation and outline a strong defense to help fight your charges. You deserve a chance to avoid the potential consequences of a criminal conviction.

Possible Defenses

When facing violent crime allegations, you have a number of defenses available to you. Your legal counsel can put together a strong case featuring a variety of defenses, which might include: 

  • Self-defense

  • Defense of others

  • Defense of a person in imminent danger

  • False accusations by the alleged victim

  • Defense of property

  • Mistaken identity

  • Duress

  • Committed in an attempt to uphold the law

  • Lack of provable intent to threaten

  • Incapable of performing the alleged offense

A skilled lawyer can determine the best defenses to help fight your charges and improve your possibility of achieving a favorable outcome.

The Importance of Reliable Representation

Navigating the criminal justice system or defending your violent crimes charges without experienced representation is never advisable. A criminal conviction could jeopardize your personal reputation, your quality of life, and your future. When facing violent crime allegations, retain a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney to help you navigate Louisiana’s criminal justice system and keep your record as clean as possible.

Violent Crimes Defense Attorneys
Serving Lafayette, Louisiana

If you're facing violent crime charges, don't face them alone. Contact J. Clay LeJeune, Attorney at Law, LLC, today to schedule a simple case evaluation. Our skilled legal team can offer you the reliable representation and strong advocacy you need to fight your criminal allegations. We proudly represent clients across Lafayette, Jefferson Davis, Iberia, Acadia, St. Landry, St. Martin, and the rest of Louisiana.