Some of the most common violent crimes in Florida include:
● Assault/Aggravated Assault
● Battery on Law Enforcement Officer
● Resisting Arrest
● Hate Crimes
● Battery/Aggravated Battery
Your defense strategies include the following:
● Defense of Self – Deadly force and non-deadly force is allowable in order to protect yourself from attack by another person, so long as there is reasonable belief that the other person’s actions were likely to result in death or serious bodily harm.
● Defense of Others – Deadly force is allowable to protect a third party from harm if such force was reasonably necessary.
● Defense of Property – This is tougher to show, but deadly force is in some cases allowable to protect one’s occupied residence against an intruder, and force can be used if there is reasonable belief his or her property may be damaged.
● Lack of Intent – Usually, intent is a required element in violent crime cases. Without it, prosecutors may not have a strong case.
● Justification – Some actions that are normally criminal in nature are not under certain circumstances.
1. Simple assault is a second-degree misdemeanor crime punishable by a fine of $500, and up to 60 days in jail or 6 months probation.
2. Aggravated assault is a third-degree felony with penalties of up to 5 years in prison or 5 years probation, and a $5,000 fine.
● A misdemeanor of the second degree can result in a jail sentence up to 60 days and/or a fine up to $500.
● A misdemeanor of the first-degree offense can lead to a jail sentence up to one year and/or a fine not more than $1,000.
● A conviction for a felony of the third degree can result in a prison sentence up to five years and/or a fine not more than $5,000.
● Felonies of the second degree can lead to a prison sentence up to 15 years and/or a fine not in excess of $10,000.
● A conviction for a felony of the first-degree offense can lead to a prison sentence up to 30 years or life and/or a fine up to $10,000. Additional penalties may include:
● heavy fines
● victim restitution
● community service
● anger management
● drug/alcohol rehabilitation
Specific penalties, as well as their severity, will vary widely based on the nature of the offense, as well as the defendant’s prior criminal history and other relevant factors.