Are Violent Criminal Acts Genetic?

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Violent crimes may range from a bar fight or domestic abuse case to a school shooting or other public attack. Legislators, health care workers, psychologists and other professionals are often researching violent criminal acts to determine the cause and source.

What makes a violent offender? How can we prevent future violent attacks and assaults?According to research published by Swedish scientists, there are potentially two mutations that carry a risk of violent behavior. This cutting-edge research could pave the way for law makers, enforcement authorities and public health officials to curb and prevent future violent crimes.

Researchers claim up to 10 percent of violent crimes could be linked to the two genes. The first mutation involves a gene called MAOA, which appears to redirect the way a brain processes dopamine. Even earlier research has made a link between violent crimes and the overproduction of dopamine. The gene can produce aggressive and violent behavior, especially when combined with alcohol or drugs. Another mutation involves the gene CDH13, which has been linked to ADHD, and impacts neural connections that can affect normal impulse control.

The researchers also added there could be a number of additional genes that contribute to the potential violent behaviors. It is also important to note just because an individual has this mutation does not mean that they are inevitably going to commit a violent crime. Individuals who have been charged with a violent crime should consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. A violent criminal charge, involving assault, domestic violence, battery, gun-related crimes, manslaughter or murder will carry serious penalties. Often the circumstances of a charge are heavily dependent on the factual circumstances, so an independent investigation is key.

The severity of criminal charges related to a violent crime will depend on the facts of the case. Our Birmingham violent crimes defense attorneys are experienced in the investigation of violent crimes and will provide strategic advocacy in your case. Understanding the nature of violent crimes and the psychological issues related to violent crimes can also be valuable when preparing a defense.

According to researchers, the carriers of the MAOA and CDH13 mutations are 13 times more likely to commit a violent crime, though the majority of those with these mutations will not commit severe violent crimes. The study was intended to explore the potential genetic relationship between individuals and criminal behavior and examined the genes of 800 Finnish citizens who had been convicted of a crime. Some of the participants had been arrested for non-violent behaviors, including drug crimes and property offenses, but others had been convicted of violent crimes, including murder and assault. The researchers compared the DNA samples of all the criminals compared to 2,000 citizens who had provided DNA for a previous study.

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