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What Are Considered Violent Crimes in Florida?

Violent crimes involve the use of force and violence or the threat of force or violence. These types of offenses can occur in one of the two ways: (1) when the act of violence is the main purpose of the offense and (2) when the act of violence is a means to an end.

While a violent crime such as assault is a second-degree misdemeanor offense, almost all these offenses are felonies. The worst violent crime of all is murder, which is a life felony that results in a life imprisonment sentence.

For instance, violence is the main purpose when a person fires a gun at someone else in order to kill or seriously injure that individual. On the other hand, violence would be a means to an end if a person was committing another crime (i.e. robbing a house) and ends up firing a gun at one of the home occupants.

The most common types of violent crimes include:

  • Assault – When a person threatens to harm another individual to the point where he/she reasonably believes or suspects the potential for harm. If the threat involves a deadly weapon, then it is considered aggravated assault.
  • Battery – When a person follows through with a threat to commit harm (i.e. unwanted physical contact or touching that results in physical injury) against someone else.
  • Robbery – When a person commits theft or larceny while using violence, assault, force, or threats to place someone in hear of harm.
  • Carjacking – When a person commits robbery to steal a vehicle.
  • Kidnapping – Abducting, confining, or imprisoning another person by force, in secret, or by threat.
  • Manslaughter – Committing an intentional act that leads to another person’s death.
  • Murder – Intentionally taking someone’s life by unjustified means.

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Violent crimes are considered some of the most serious offenses in Florida. Since many of these criminal offenses are felonies, a conviction results in extremely harsh penalties, including a prison sentence, fines, restitution for the victim(s), and other lasting and costly consequences, such as a criminal record that brands you a dangerous person for the rest of your life.

If you have been accused of a violent crime in Florida, The Law Office of Joel Defabio understands what it takes to protect your rights, reputation, and freedom throughout the legal process. With nearly four decades of legal experience and selected for inclusion in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, our Miami violent crime attorney can assess your situation and figure out all your all legal options to find a way to get your charges or penalties reduced or your entire case dismissed.

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