Violent crime is seen as a violent activity against a person or property that intentionally threatens or inflicts, or attempts to inflict, physical harm. Because of the seriousness of such acts and the potential damages that can result, violent crimes are typically prosecuted to the full extent of the law, with many crimes ruled as a felony and subject to years in Florida state prison. Additionally, being convicted can not only result in years of imprisonment, but loss of rights and a permanent criminal record once the sentence has been served.
Defending against violent crime charges takes experienced legal defense that can have your charges lessened or even completely dismissed. At Musca Law, our violent crime lawyers understand the stress and terror of facing criminal charges, but can provide you with a skilled and tenacious legal defense.
Types of Violent Crime
Because violent crime is defined by such broad terms, there are a variety of criminal activities that are commonly seen as violent crimes. Frequently prosecuted violent crimes in Florida include the following:
- Homicide - The unlawful killing of a human being, which includes first degree murder, second degree murder, and the three forms of manslaughter – by act, by procurement, and by culpable negligence.
- Robbery - The use of force, violence, assault, or putting in fear while taking money or other property in which a person may plan on permanently or temporarily keeping the material from the owner.
- Assault - The unlawful and intentional threat of inflicting violence on another with the apparent ability to do so. Additionally, aggravated assault includes the use of a deadly weapon or with the intent of committing a felony.
- Battery - The actual and intentional touching or striking of another against their will or the intentional causing of bodily harm.
- Kidnapping - This is defined as forcibly, secretly, or by threat abducting, imprisoning, or confining another against his or her will and without legal authority.
- Child Abuse - Including child neglect, any actions or failure as a guardian that result in the injury or trauma of a child.
- Conspiracy to Commit Violent Crime - The planning of a violent crime is also illegal, whether or not the act ever actually occurs.
Prosecution and Penalties for Violent Crime
Penalties that can be found for violent crimes vary from crime to crime, with first degree murder being the only crime eligible for the death penalty. Other crimes can be eligible for lifetime sentences or prison terms lasting more than 30 years. Criminal prosecution will use witness testimony, expert testimony, and a variety of evidence to prove that a defendant was guilty of committing the crime he or she is accused of, that the act was intentional, and that the penalties being pursued are appropriate.Experienced legal defense will refute witness testimonies or work to prove that the crime was not committed or that the level of penalties being pursued is too great for what actually happened.
The Needed Assistance of a Violent Crime Attorney
Without the assistance of skilled legal defense that isn’t afraid to put up a fight, a defendant may be subjected to serious penalties that have repercussions in one’s personal and professional life far beyond a prison sentence. The Florida criminal defense attorneys at Musca Law have the skills and resources needed to defend you from harsh and life-altering penalties. For more information on how our experienced legal team can help you in your case, call us today at (800) 687-2252.
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