Law enforcement, the Judge, and the jury members will look at the victim and may be more likely to empathise with him or her and therefore be harsher in their treatment of the defendant. Because of the sometimes heinous nature of a violent crime, it may take a lot to break through and communicate the defendant’s side of the story to the jury. Although the defendant may have been wrongfully accused it will definitely take aggressive and persistent representation to prove doubt in the prosecution’s case. Your freedom is in jeopardy. You may be facing an extensive term of imprisonment in state prison, as well as heavy fines, probation, parole, restitution to the victim, and more. You have the right to legal counsel when facing criminal charges. Be sure that you take advantage of this right by consulting a lawyer as soon as possible.