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Violent Felony Defense Attorney A violent felony offender can face years in state prison if convicted.

The United States and Florida criminal codes take crimes against persons very seriously. Because of the inherent danger to the lives, health, safety and well-being of victims of these crimes, our lawmakers determined that those responsible for them should face stiffer penalties than nonviolent offenses. These penalties could be increased if the perpetrator injures a victim, uses or displays a firearm or other dangerous weapon, or has previous convictions for similar offenses. Penalties can be severe, so it is wise to seek out the assistance of a felony defense attorney if you or a loved one are facing violent felony charges.

Below are some of the most violent felonies under Florida law. These and similar offenses are usually handled in state courts unless they are on Federal property or are otherwise subject to U.S. law.


Taking property by force, violence, or assault of another person or placing the victim in fear

The forcible or hidden confinement of another person against their will with the intent to hold them for ransom or reward; use them as a shield, hostage, or force them to do another felony

The intentional burning of a structure that is known to be inhabited

Intentional physical or mental injury to a child, or an intentional act that one knows is likely to inflict physical or psychological damage on the child

Attempting to enter a vehicle, structure, or dwelling without permission and intending to commit another criminal act while in that vehicle, structure, or dwelling

  • Armed burglary: A person who commits a burglary while being armed with a firearm or other deadly weapons. This includes anyone who is attacked or struck with such a weapon
  • Burglary and assault: A burglary in which the offender assaults or batteries another person

A person is guilty of assault if they make an insinuating, unlawful threat to another person or do something that could cause them to be hurt.

  • An assault with a deadly weapon is when an offender assaults another person with a dangerous object capable of inflicting serious bodily injury

The offense of battery is when someone intentionally or touches or strikes another person against their will or causes bodily harm

  • An aggravated battery is when an offender intends to cause great bodily harm, permanent disfigurement, or use a deadly weapon

Florida law defines murder as "unlawful killing of another human being." The severity and level of charge are dependent on the details of the crime

Florida Statutes define criminal mischief as someone who "willfully or maliciously injures or damages any real or personal property of another"

An alleged offender who knowingly and willingly resists, obstructs or opposes an officer in the execution or discharge of any legal obligation or legal process is subject to a resisting arrest charge. While probation may be available to first-time offenders, those with criminal records or past offenses could face imprisonment and fines

Unlawful touching or threats to police officers in Florida is prohibited

Also known as "false imprisonment,” unlawful restraint is different from kidnapping in that kidnapping requires the defendant must have physically moved the victim before restraining them. Lawful restraint doesn't require that the victim be moved. A victim must feel they can't leave an area because of verbal orders, threats or physical restraint.

Planning a violent crime is illegal regardless of whether or not it happens. Most often, conspiracy prosecutions are used to prosecute serious felonies


A violent felony charge is a serious matter. Individuals accused of a violent offense are often not eligible for bail or any pretrial release. As such, they may spend months (or even years) in county jail while waiting for trial. Find yourself a top felony lawyer like Peterford Law to assist with your defense.

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Conviction

A violent felony conviction will almost certainly result in substantial imprisonment in the harsh conditions of a state prison. A mandatory sentence of at least one year in prison will be handed to any felony involved with firearms. This type of imprisonment can have severe consequences, not just for the accused but also for one’s family, friends, co-workers and other essential community members.

Finding a felony defense attorney with the knowledge, experience and skills to handle a felony case is imperative and the best chance at ensuring one’s rights are met and the strongest defense is built.


Violent Vs. Nonvoilent Crimes

Nonviolent crimes do not involve force or injury, which is the main difference between violent and nonviolent crimes. As their name implies, violent crimes are violent and carry a more severe range of punishments than those that are not.

Florida nonviolent crimes include property crimes , white-collar crimes , cybercrime and harassment, theft, and gambling.

Convicted felons often have difficulties applying for loans and gaining employment in the future. Conviction can change an individual’s entire future, so a felony charge should not be taken lightly.


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A felony defense attorney is essential for fighting a case if you have been charged with a crime. Kevin Peterford is an experienced top felony lawyer who will help build a strong defense for you or a loved one facing serious charges. He has dealt with thousands of cases in Palm Beach County, as well as the local courts. With his experience on both sides of the courtroom, valuable knowledge and insight can be brought to your case. Don’t waste another minute that could be spent determining your future. Contact Peterford Law for a consultation today!

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