A violent crime is a very serious offense, and being convicted of one can lead to severe sentences if not properly defended. Above all, the presence of such a conviction on one’s record could impact this person’s life for years to come. Particularly for those who have been wrongfully accused, facing such a charge can be understandably stressful. For this reason, it is all the more important to enlist a knowledgeable Miami criminal defense attorney to handle serious cases like these.
This section of Florida law covers a wide range of offenses, some more severe than others. These offenses include:
- Assault — Assault can simply mean threatening another individual with violence.
- Battery — An individual has been accused of actual causing physical harm to another person.
- Child or Domestic Abuse — Accused violence towards one’s child, spouse or even significant other.
- Robbery or Carjacking — When property is stolen through force, it is classified as a violent crime.
- Kidnapping & Torture — Holding and/or causing harm to an individual against his/her will.
- Hate Crimes — Crimes motivated specifically by race, religion, gender, or even personal beliefs.
- Manslaughter — This crime involves any instance where another individual is killed by a non-premeditated act performed by the accused. Vehicular homicide, DUI manslaughter, and aggravated manslaughter all fall within this category.
- Murder — The most serious of the charges listed. A murder conviction can lead to capital punishment in the state of Florida.
An unjustified charge for any of the aforementioned acts can quickly render an individual’s life forever changed, leaving more than the victim(s) afflicted by the actions of the real perpetrator(s). To prevent such an occurrence from happening, it is critical that one seek out a well-practiced lawyer from the moment questioning begins. Even if the accused individual is confident in his/her innocence, permitting to questioning without legal counsel can be detrimental to the case.
If you have been falsely accused of a violent crime, please call our office immediately to schedule a free consultation. We are here to see you through the process and ensure your rights are protected every step of the way.