In the state of Florida, a violent crime is any intentional and aggressive action against property or people that threatens, attempts, or inflicts physical harm. Under Florida’s statutes, people convicted of violent crimes can be charged with a felony and face years in state prison as well as fines. A felon loses certain rights and the charges remain visible on their criminal record. Because of the serious nature of these crimes, offenders are often prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Florida judges tend to lean towards the plaintiff’s side because of the violent nature of these crimes and their often-severe consequences. If you’re up against an allegation that you committed a serious violent crime, you don’t want to be in court with a weak defense. At LJ Law Group, our violent crimes lawyers are ready to build a strong case in your defense and aggressively take on the prosecution.
Violent Crimes in Florida
A broad range of conduct can be considered a violent crime, but there are a few general classifications into which they can fall:
Murder and Homicide
Defined in Florida Statute Title XLVI 782.04 (1-2) as the unlawful killing of a human being, murder charges are divided into several types. Murders in Florida are categorized as first-, second-, or third-degree, each punishable by prison time, probation, and fines.
When fear, force, assault, or another form of violence is used to take money or property with the intent to keep it and not return it to the lawful owner, that is considered robbery. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the robbery, the culprit will be charged with either a first- or second-degree felony. If the perpetrator was carrying a weapon during the robbery, they can be charged with a first-degree felony. If no weapon was involved, it’s a second-degree felony.
Any intentional and believable threat of violence against another person is considered assault. When the threat involves a deadly weapon or the intent to commit a felony, it becomes aggravated assault. Assault is a second-degree misdemeanor; aggravated assault, a third-degree felony.
The state of Florida defines battery as the intentional and malicious touching or striking of another person against their will, causing bodily injuries. A first battery offense gives rise to a first-degree misdemeanor charge. Subsequent battery offenses carry increasingly severe charges and punishments.
A first-degree felony, kidnapping is defined as the forcible and secret abduction, confinement, or imprisonment of another party against their will with the intention to:
- Hold them for ransom or use them as a bargaining tool,
- Disrupt the functioning of the government,
- Commit any sort of felony,
- Physically terrify or harm the victim.
LJ Law Group
When you’re charged with a violent crime, things can seem hopeless. Luckily the experienced violent crimes attorneys at LJ Law Group are available to represent you in the courtroom and fight for you. Contact us today.