Defense for Violent Offenses
Florida law categorizes a long list of acts as "violent offenses." Often, a charge for a violent offense will follow an accident or other unintentional act that results in harm to another person. Defending against a charge of violence requires a thorough knowledge of Florida’s criminal laws and procedures, as well as the experience and tenacity to fight for the best possible outcome in the case.
Charges for violent offenses are serious. The penalties for many violent offenses include years of prison time, steep fines, the loss of certain fundamental rights, and a permanent criminal record. If you’re facing a charge for a violent offense in Florida, call the Jacksonville defense attorneys at Farah & Farah for a free consultation on your case at 855-797-9899 to fully understand your charge and your options for a successful defense.
Examples of Violent Offenses in Florida
Some specific violent offenses prohibited by Florida law include:
- Homicide: Homicide involves the unlawful killing of another human being and is categorized into charges of murder and manslaughter.
- Robbery: A robbery involves the use of force, violence, or assault while taking money or other property from another party, with the intention of depriving that party of the use of it.
- Assault: This violent offense involves the unlawful and intentional threat of using violence on another person, which puts him or her in fear of being harmed – whether or not the threat would have been carried out. In Florida, assault-related charges may range from simple assault, which is a misdemeanor, to aggravated assault or assault with a weapon, which may be charged as felonies.
- Battery: A battery involves an unwanted and offensive touching of another person, particularly one that causes harm – although a battery does not have to leave injuries in order to be the basis of a criminal charge.
- Kidnapping: Kidnapping uses force, secretive behavior, and/or threats in order to abduct, imprison, and/or confine another person against that person’s will and without the legal authority to do so. Kidnapping is generally considered a violent crime even if the allegedly kidnapped person does not suffer physical injuries.
- Child Abuse: Child abuse includes any acts or omissions that result in injury to a child. When injury results from a failure to act, it may also be known as "child neglect."
- Domestic Violence: Domestic violence involves violence against a family member, a person in the same household, or a person with whom one is in a dating relationship.
Penalties for Violent Offenses in Florida
The penalties for conviction of a violent offense in Florida depend on the specific offense involved. Possible penalties for a conviction include:
- Imprisonment: Serving time in jail or prison may be a penalty resulting from a violent offense conviction.
- Fines: Many violent offenses in Florida come with the possibility of steep fines upon conviction totaling thousands of dollars.
- Community Service: Some people convicted of violent offenses in Florida are required to perform many hours of community service.
- Probation: Even after imprisonment, a convicted person may have to adhere to the many rules and requirements of probation for years.
- Loss of Rights and Privileges: Those convicted of a violent felony in Florida are not allowed to possess firearms and may lose other rights and privileges, like the right to operate a motor vehicle.
Dedicated Defense against Violent Charges
Being charged with a violent offense is a major event. The charges may seem confusing, and the complexity of the criminal justice system can feel overwhelming. However, you do not have to face these charges alone. At Farah & Farah, our Jacksonville crime defense attorneys are dedicated to building a thorough and aggressive defense for each client we represent, protecting your legal rights while fighting for the best possible outcome in your case. Contact us today to learn more.