Are you facing a South Florida violent crimes charge? If so, you need to meet with a South Florida violent crimes attorney right away. Although the penalties you may face if you’re convicted can range widely depending on the nature of the crime and various other circumstances, they may be very significant.
Additionally, a criminal record with a violent crime conviction may negatively impact your employment prospects and various other areas of your life for years to come. Meet with the South Florida criminal defense lawyers at LJ Law Group to ensure that doesn’t happen.
Understanding South Florida Violent Crimes
The list of infractions that qualify as violent crimes under Florida law is very long. The following are just a few noteworthy examples:
- Criminal transmission of HIV
- Aggravated stalking
- Sexual battery
- Threat to kill
The defense strategy your South Florida violent crimes lawyer will use depends on the specific nature of your case. That said, these are some of the more common defenses used when someone’s been charged with a violent crime in South Florida:
When you meet with an attorney at a South Florida criminal defense law firm, they’ll ask many questions about your case. They need to learn the details to understand the context in which the alleged violent crime took place. For instance, they may be able to argue that you weren’t committing a crime when you acted “violently,” but were instead acting in self-defense.
Mistake of Fact
A South Florida violent crimes lawyer can use a mistake of fact defense when you didn’t actually commit the crime of which you’re accused. Perhaps this is a case of mistaken identity, or maybe the supposed violent crime didn’t happen at all.
Just remember that, even if you know you didn’t commit a violent crime, and even though the burden of proof is on the prosecution, it’s possible to be convicted if a jury still believes the false claims made against you. This is another reason to hire a lawyer. Our violent crimes law firm in South Florida has the resources necessary to conduct an investigation, helping support your version of the story.
You will still likely face penalties if you genuinely committed a violent crime in an intoxicated state. That said, proving that you were intoxicated can, in many instances, significantly reduce the severity of those penalties. However, because proving you were intoxicated can be difficult on your own, you’ll need to hire a skilled attorney to use this defense.
These aren’t the only defense strategies we might use in a South Florida violent crimes case. We’ll thoroughly consider the specific details of your case to determine how to proceed.
Why Choose LJ Law Group?
Many South Florida criminal defense law firms will promise to deliver results. At LJ Law Group, we don’t think clients should take an attorney’s word for it when they claim they’re qualified to defend them. Instead, we cite past successes, proving we’re the right team for the job. To learn more about how we can help in your South Florida violent crimes case, schedule your free consultation today.