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A violent crime is defined as an intentional, aggressive act against person
or property that threatens, inflicts, or attempts to inflict physical
harm. According to Florida criminal law, a violent crime can be ruled
as a felony and if convicted, the offending party could face years in
state prison. In addition to imprisonment, you face loss of rights and
possession of a permanent criminal record. These types of crimes are typically
prosecuted to the full extent of the law because of their serious nature.
Given the severe nature of violent crimes, Florida judges tend to err on
the side of the plaintiff. At Musca Law, our Florida criminal defense
attorneys have years of experience protecting the defendant’s rights.
We understand how the law works and how the opposition tends to structure
their argument. We’re ready to combat anything thing they might
throw your way.
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Types of Violent Crimes
Because the definition of a violent crime is so broad, there are several
criminal activities that are commonly categorized as such, including:
- 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 intentional and actual 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 & Penalties for Violent Crimes
While penalties for violent crimes will vary from crime to crime, first
degree murder is the only conviction eligible for the death penalty. The
next most severe sentences are lifetime sentences of prison terms lasting
more than 30 years. Both of these penalties are eligible for certain violent
crime convictions. In an effort to prove the penalties being pursued are,
in fact, appropriate, the prosecution will use expert and witness testimony
and any evidence available to prove the guilt of the defendant. In response
to such serious penalties, a good Florida violence crime attorney will
rebut testimonies and provide evidences to prove the innocence of the
defendant or that the penalties being pursued are unusual and excessive.
Strong Legal Defense for Your Violent Crime Charge
The repercussions of a violent crimes conviction far outlive a prison sentence
and will have bearing on a person’s personal and professional life.
Don’t be afraid to put the skills of an experienced Florida criminal
defense attorney on your side. The legal team at Musca Law has the experience
and resources required to help fight your conviction. Schedule a free
consultation with our law firm today by calling (888) 497-0216.