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If you’ve been accused of a violent crime, you must not face the criminal justice system on your own. Not only is it complex and daunting, but it intimidates defendants to a crippling degree. The law will do everything in its power to put you behind bars, which is why you need our skilled, trusted Delray Beach violent crime attorneys to uphold your best interests. Violent crimes are defined as one person causing harm or serious bodily injury to another person. Therefore, offenders who commit violent crimes in Florida are usually prosecuted aggressively by the state.
At McLaughlin Morris Law, we have experience defending clients who have been accused of committing violent crimes in Delray Beach, Miami and South Florida. We will help alleviate your stress by giving you valuable legal advice throughout the process and diligently defending your freedoms. Further, we can fight to clear your name and do everything within our power to have your charges reduced or dismissed.
Violent Crimes Defined by Florida Statutes
When an individual uses or threatens to use force or violence against another, they can be charged with a violent crime. Some of the most commonly committed violent crimes in South Florida include:
- Assault: This offense involves the threat of force or violence, by word or action, that causes the victim reasonable fear that he or she will be assaulted. Assault is usually prosecuted as a second-degree misdemeanor.
- Battery: When an individual physically and intentionally contacts or strikes another person, or otherwise intentionally injures him or her against the victim’s will, the offender can be charged with a third-degree felony.
- Aggravated Assault/Battery: If an individual commits assault or battery with the use of a firearm, knife, or other deadly weapons, and has the intent to cause or causes serious bodily harm to the individual, the offender can have his or her charges upgraded to aggravated assault or aggravated battery. Aggravated assault is a third-degree felony, while aggravated battery is considered a second-degree felony.
- Robbery: This offense occurs when an individual takes the property of another individual by use of violence or force and intends to permanently deprive the owner of the property. Depending on the circumstances, this offense can be classified as either a first or second-degree felony.
- Manslaughter: If an individual’s negligence causes the death of a victim, without lawful justification, he or she can be charged with a second-degree felony.
Penalties for Violent Crimes in Florida
If convicted of a violent crime in Florida, you could face following penalties:
- Second Degree Misdemeanor: Maximum of 60 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $500.
- First Degree Misdemeanor: Maximum one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
- Third Degree Felony: Maximum 5 years of imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $5,000.
- Second Degree Felony: Maximum 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
- First Degree Felony: Maximum 30 years to life in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
We Can Champion Your Best Interests
The penalties mentioned above can be life-altering. You may miss out on opportunities for employment, housing, family milestones and much more. Not to mention, you may spend the rest of your life trying to make up for lost time and experiences, which could hinder your quality of life for good. To give yourself the best chance of avoiding such potentially devastating penalties, contact our Delray Beach violent crime lawyers .
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