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Boca Raton Violent Crime Attorney

Need a lawyer for a violent crime case in Florida?

Violent crimes have serious consequences in the state of Florida. These offenses involve inflicting bodily harm on another individual so the penalties are stiff. In Florida, serious bodily injury means that another person has a substantial risk of suffering serious disfigurement, impairment or a loss of bodily function. There are multiple types of violent crimes that involve bodily harm and all pose the risk of life-changing consequences. Examples of violent crimes include:

  • Assault- intentionally acting violently, or threatening to act violently, while being capable of committing the violent act.
  • Battery- intentionally touching another individual against their will with the intent to cause that person harm.
  • Aggravated Assault- an assault offense with the added element of a deadly weapon or an intent of committing a felony offense against the victim.
  • Aggravated Battery- a battery offense with the added element of a deadly weapon and an intent to cause permanent disability or serious bodily harm to the victim. Also, a battery offense against a pregnant woman can be considered aggravated battery.
  • Robbery- taking property from another individual with the intent of permanently depriving the owner of the property while using force, violence or a threat of violence on the victim to provoke fear.
  • Manslaughter- negligently killing another individual without a lawful justification.
  • Homicide- unlawfully killing another individual.
  • Aggravated Manslaughter- committing manslaughter against an elderly person, disabled person, child, law enforcement officer and other public figures.
  • Domestic Violence- inflicting physical injury to a household member by another household member.

Penalties for Violent Crimes in Florida

The consequences for each individual violent crime can be different and vary from case to case. For a better idea about the penalties for these crimes, take a look at Fla. Stat. §§ 775.082 and 775.083. These are the minimum penalties listed in the statutes and there are other factors that can cause the penalties to increase. Violent crimes can be charged as second degree misdemeanor all the way up to a first degree felony. The consequences for these offenses include:

Second Degree Misdemeanor:

  • Up to 60 days in jail and up to a $500 fine

First Degree Misdemeanor:

  • Up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000

Third Degree Felony:

  • Up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000

Second Degree Felony:

  • Up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000

First Degree Felony:

  • Up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000

Defending Against Violent Crime Charges in Boca Raton

With the serious penalties at stake, it is crucial to build a solid defense to fight for reduced or dismissed charges. One of the most common defenses to these types of crimes include defending others. If you were trying to protect a third party from another person, the force or violence used could have been reasonably necessary. Another defense is defending property. If you were protecting your home and needed to use force, it could be justified and not result in consequences. If there was adequate justification for your actions, such as an emergency situation, you could avoid penalties. Self-defense is another defense that can be made against the charges if you were indeed protecting yourself. Lastly, showing a lack of intent in the case can help because the intent element is required to convict for a violent crime.

Seek Representation from The Law Offices of Richard Tendler

If you are facing violent crime charges, I can help you build a strong defense. With 15 years of experience, I have handled countless violent crime cases. As a Boca Raton criminal attorney, I am prepared to take on any type of violent crime case. Contact my firm today for experienced and aggressive representation that you need!

Florida Violent Crime Resource Links

Boca Raton Police Department

Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

Violent Crime Rate in Florida

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Rates

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