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Florida law provides for stiff penalties for any crime of violence. Law enforcement agencies are on high alert for incidents of violent crime, and they will not hesitate to make an arrest. Violent crimes often are considered a threat to society, and they are fiercely prosecuted. Violent crimes can include anything from misdemeanor offenses, such as battery or assault, to more serious felony charges involving a firearm or serious bodily injury.
Due to the punitive approach this state takes regarding violent offenses, your best defense requires retaining an experienced violent crime defense lawyer as early as possible during the process. Skilled legal representation can help you invoke your right to remain silent, negotiate the terms of your surrender and bond and fight for you during the period after your arrest.
A conviction for a violent crime can have serious repercussions. In addition to jail time and fines, there could be a lifetime of difficulties caused be having a criminal record. If you are facing charges for a violent crime, contact a criminal defense lawyer at Pumphrey Law in Tallahassee.
The attorneys at Pumphrey Law understand the difficult situation you are in. The attorneys use their years of experience in the legal field to help you get the best possible results in your case. Violent crime convictions can change your life, but a skilled attorney can help you fight the charges.
Pumphrey Law represents men and women charged with crimes of violence throughout Tallahassee in Leon County, and the surrounding areas, including Gadsden County, Wakulla County, Liberty County and Jefferson County. To schedule a free and confidential consultation to go over the details of your case with the legal team at Pumphrey Law, call (850) 681-7777 or send an online message today.
Florida law provides for numerous charges that are frequently considered “crimes of violence.” Generally, a crime is considered a violent crime when a threat, use of force or some form of physicality occurs between the victim and the offender when the crime is committed.
In other cases, the threat or use of force is a crime in and of itself, such as assault or battery. Other times it is used as part of another crime like kidnapping. Examples of violent crimes in Florida include:
This offense is generally punishable as a misdemeanor of the second degree, but penalties can increase if the victim is over 65 years old, the assault is on a public official or law enforcement officer or by a person detained in jail or prison.
Battery also can be considered felony battery, which is defined as intentionally touching another person against his or her will and causing great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement through the touching, according to Florida Statutes § 784.041. This offense is punishable as a felony of the third-degree.
The charge also can be upgraded if a weapon was used. Aggravated battery is form of battery with the use of a deadly weapon that causes great bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement to another person, according to Fla. Stat. § 784.045. It can also be a battery upon a pregnant woman whom the offender knew or should have known was pregnant. This offense, if convicted, is a felony of the second-degree.
In addition, the attorneys at Pumphrey Law also work with many types of domestic violence charges that can be considered violent crimes. For example, any assault, battery, stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment or any other criminal offense that results in death or physical injury of a family or household member could be considered a domestic violence charge.
In certain situations, there may be defenses to violent crime charges. These defenses could possibly help you avoid a conviction or have the charges reduced to a lesser included offense. Defenses are not available in every instance, but a skilled violent crime defense attorney at Pumphrey Law can help you examine the unique facts of your case and see what the best defense would be. Possible defenses to violent crimes include:
The penalties for violent crimes can vary depending on the type of crime committed and the circumstances surrounding the offense. For example, someone can face prison or jail time, fines, a possible death sentence, probation, court ordered counseling or an abuse program and community service.
Violent crimes also can have a long-lasting effect on your personal life and affect potential jobs, financial aid, school admissions, personal relationships and an ability to ever possess a firearm. Although punishments can differ depending on the crime, general punishments for misdemeanors and felonies are:
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If you are under investigation for any violent crime, including felonies or misdemeanors, contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer at Pumphrey Law. The attorneys on our team can help you determine possible defenses to your charge and fight to achieve the best possible outcome in your case and help you avoid serious punishments.
Call (850) 681-7777 to speak with an attorney to find out the necessary steps to protect yourself.
This article was last updated on October 26, 2016.
Attorney Don Pumphrey, Jr. is a former prosecutor, former law enforcement officer, and a successful and experienced criminal defense attorney. Don has achieved over 100 not guilty verdicts at trial and over 2,000 dismissals.
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