Newport Beach, CA (PRWEB) April 30, 2013
According to CBS Local, the House has passed several bills that would change the way that the law treats crimes against pregnant women who have been violently attacked. MacGregor & Collins criminal attorneys believe the bill to be a misguided attempt to decrease violence that may have negative repercussions.
According to The Bill, killing an unborn child is now a separate crime from violent attacks perpetrated against expecting mothers. Criminals who attack women in areas governed by these new laws would face additional charges regardless of whether or not they knew that their victim was pregnant.
Children developed enough to have entered any stage of gestational development would qualify, leaving future criminals with a wide variety of additional charges and potential jail time for their attacks. Many people see the new laws as positive developments that may help to deter criminals from attacking pregnant women; others are taking a different stance.
Ronald MacGregor, Orange County criminal defense attorney, has worked with countless criminals throughout California over the last several decades. “Instances of violence that result in the deaths of unborn children are inexcusable, but that does not mean we should be charging criminals with manslaughter for their deaths. In my experience, the majority of those who hurt unborn children during attacks are unaware the child exists. Furthermore, these types of instances are prone to people who are either under the influence of drugs and alcohol or are perpetrating their crime in the hopes of obtaining drugs or alcohol. Having passed in the Florida House, it may only be a matter of time before these bills are adopted in other states.
“There is no instance where physically attacking a pregnant woman is OK, but there are better ways to go about punishing those guilty of such crimes,” said Attorney MacGregor.
About MacGregor & Collins, LLP
MacGregor & Collins, LLP is a criminal defense law firm based in Orange County, California. Its attorneys provide legal representation for those facing misdemeanor and felony charges including rape, violent crimes, domestic violence, murder, DUI, drug crimes, and more. Randy Collins and Ronald MacGregor, firm partners, provide free professional consultations to all alleged criminals in California and provide flat fees to those who qualify.
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