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Violent crimes cases in Florida

Offenses that involve the use or threat of physical force or violence against a person are considered violent crimes. A few of these offenses are misdemeanors, but due to their severe nature, most violent crimes are considered felonies. Several offenses in the Florida Statutes are considered crimes of violence. Alleged offenses typically involve the use or threat of violence on an alleged victim

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
● Carjacking
● Kidnapping
● Manslaughter
● Murder

If you've been accused of violent crimes, your reputation, your livelihood, and your freedom hangs in the balance

Every case is unique. It’s important to know your options and defense strategies and seek legal representation as soon as possible.

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.

Anyone accused of a violent felony, or his or her loved ones, should reach out immediately to an attorney experienced in handling such major and often complex litigation.

Assault crimes qualifications in Florida

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.

``Stand Your Ground`` Law

In Florida, if the defender feels legitimately intimidated, it is allowed to use or threaten to use deadly force against a putative intruder of a habitation, residence, or inhabited vehicle. The defender does not have to retreat before employing deadly force under this “stand your ground” self-defense statute

● 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:
● probation
● 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.

Speak to a Violent Crime Attorney, Orlando Rodriguez to ensure your personal and due process rights are protected

Criminal Defense Attorney who will help you identify certain defenses to your violent crime charges. He can evaluate your specific charges to determine what penalties you may be at risk of facing.  If you are suspected of murder, aggravated assault, or other violent crimes, Atty Orlando Rodriguez, an experienced criminal defense attorney, can secure your rights. He offers a comprehensive view of the criminal justice system and knows the right steps to take in developing a defense strategy to mitigate any potential damage.

Contact Atty. Orlando Rodriguez in Miami today to learn more about how we can defend you.