Crimes which involve the use of force or violence against another person are severely punished under Florida law. A conviction for a violent crime in Florida can result in a hefty fine, lengthy prison sentence, and/or compensation (restitution) paid to the alleged victim, among other penalties. Violent crimes in the state of Florida include the following:
- Simple Assault
- Aggravated Assault
Assault (usually simple assault) is one of the most common types of violent crimes people are charged with. Assault is defined as a threat of harm made to someone, and which includes a clear and present ability to carry out that threat.
The most serious type of violent crime in Florida is homicide. There are varying types of homicide, of which they are varying degrees. The one that a particular defendant will be accused of depends a number of factors, including whether it was premeditated, was intentional, and whether there were any mitigating factors present.
A conviction for any violent crime can have a significant impact on the life of the accused, including limitations on that person’s freedom, associations, and job prospects. Obviously, a violent crime conviction involving a prison sentence severely impacts the accused’s freedom. Being convicted of a violent crime can also result in job loss or may keep a prospective employee from obtaining a job, since current and prospective employers routinely check the criminal histories of their employees and job applicants.
Possible penalties for violent crime convictions include heavy fines, restitution, community service, probation, or incarceration. In Florida, the death penalty is also applicable for those convicted of homicides.
It is extremely important to have an experienced attorney involved during every aspect of your criminal case. An experienced criminal defense attorney will be able to unearth helpful facts and mitigate any circumstances in order to try and have your charges dropped or, at the very least, lessened. You need someone in your corner who will thoroughly investigate all of the available evidence and facts.