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Violent Crimes A violent crime offender can face years in state prison if convicted.

A violent crime is an intentional, aggressive act against a person or property that threatens, inflicts, or attempts to inflict physical harm. In the state of Florida, violent crimes are considered serious felonies. These crimes cover a spectrum of offenses, including homicide, arson, rape, kidnapping, armed robbery, weapons charges, aggravated assault and sexual assault / sexual battery.

A violent felony offender can face years in state prison if convicted.

If you or a loved one are facing felony charges in Florida, it’s best to have an experienced and talented violent crime lawyer on your side. Peterford Law can help fight your case and protect your rights.


Severity of Violent Crimes

Violent crimes are broadly defined and are viewed as crimes against humanity. As such, they are taken with the utmost severity.

Violent crimes can include:

Under Florida law, murder is defined as the “unlawful killing of another human being.” The degree of the homicide - first degree, second degree or the three forms of manslaughter - is determined by how the act was carried out.

Robbery is “taking the money or other property which may be the subject of larceny from the person or custody of another, with intent to either permanently or temporarily deprive the person or the owner of the money or other property, when in the course of the taking there is the use of force, violence, assault, or putting in fear,” according to Florida Statutes.

Assault involves the unlawful and intentional threat by word or act of inflicting violence to another person, coupled with the ability to do so. Aggravated Assault includes the intent to commit a felony or the use of a deadly weapon.

Battery occurs when a person actually and intentionally touches or strikes another person against their will, or intentionally causes bodily harm. Aggravated battery is the intentional touching of another person with the intent to inflict great bodily harm or to use a deadly weapon.

Domestic violence is a particularly serious crime that requires expert assistance when faced as a victim or an offender. These cases are inherently more emotional and stressful because, by definition, they involve someone you know and have most likely lived with. If you are facing or pressing domestic violence charges, it is important to fully understand the key definitions, potential penalties, and additional considerations that play a role in these cases.

If you are experiencing a domestic violence case, finding the right domestic violence attorney can help ease the stress of a difficult situation. You need someone by your side who thoroughly understands the law and is well-versed in the processes and requirements of a courtroom. Peterford Law has served as a prosecutor as well as a defense attorney, with over 1,000 cases handled.

Kidnapping means forcibly, secretly, or by threat confining, abducting or imprisoning another person against her or his will and without lawful authority.

Child Abuse is any actions of failure as a guardian that results in the injury or trauma of a child, including child neglect.

The offense of criminal mischief is defined by Florida Statutes as a person who “willfully and maliciously injures or damages by any means any real or personal property belonging to another.”

If an alleged offender knowingly and willfully resists, obstructs or opposes any officer in the execution of legal process or in the execution of any legal duty, then it is grounds for a resisting arrest charge. First-time offenders may be eligible for probation, but those with criminal histories or past offenses can face imprisonment and fines.

In Florida, unlawful threats or unlawful touching of police officers is forbidden. Depending on the severity of the situation, breaking this law can result in a misdemeanor or felony charge.

Unlawful restraint occurs whenever someone is illegally deprived of their physical freedom. Also referred to as “false imprisonment,” unlawful restraint differs from kidnapping because the defendant must have moved the victim and then restrained them. Unlawful restraint does not require the victim to be moved, only feel that they are unable to leave an area due to verbal orders, threats or physical restraint.

Whether or not the event actually occurs, planning a violent crime is also illegal. Conspiracy prosecutions are most often used for serious felonies.

Violent crimes happen when violence is the main objective of the crime, or where violence is used as a means to an end.


Violent vs. Nonviolent Crimes

The primary difference between violent crimes and nonviolent crimes is that nonviolent crimes do not involve the use of force or injury. Violent crimes, as the name suggests, entail violence, and as such, carry a much more serious range of punishment than nonviolent ones.

Nonviolent crimes in the state of Florida include property crimes, white-collar crimes, cybercrime, harassment, theft and gambling.

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Florida Penalties for Violent Crimes

Penalties for violent crimes vary depending on the crime. In addition to imprisonment, those convicted of a violent crime also face a criminal record and may incur fines, restitution and probation.

If the crime is committed within Florida state lines and involves harm to the State of Florida, its government or citizens, a violent crime will be investigated, charged, tried and sentenced under Florida law. However, violent crimes will be charged as felonies under federal law if the crime is committed against the United States government anywhere the U.S. government has jurisdiction, the crime took place in more than one state, or under special circumstances.

The state of Florida has the discretion to pursue the death penalty in four situations. Where the defendant has been charged with:

  • First-Degree Murder
  • Felony Murder
  • Capital Drug Trafficking
  • Capital Sexual Battery

After homicide, the most severe violent crimes carry potential punishments of lifetime prison sentences or prison sentences of more than 30 years.

In defense against these penalties, an experienced and skilled Florida violent crime lawyer like Kevin Peterford will work to rebut testimonies and provide evidence in favor of the innocence of the defendant.


Violent Crime Law In Florida

Being charged with a violent crime is a serious matter. They can damage reputations, disrupt lives, and bring years of prison time with a conviction. If you or a loved one is facing violent crime charges in Palm Beach County, you need a talented and experienced lawyer on your side.


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