An Overview of Violent Crimes
Punta Gorda Criminal Defense Attorneys
Are you facing charges of a violent crime? The penalties under state law can be very severe, especially since most violent offenses are felonies that result in a prison sentence and high fines upon conviction. Violent crimes are those which are committed against a person with the intent of inflicting bodily injury, or crimes where such injury is actually inflicted. Don't hesitate to retain the services of an excellent criminal defense attorney as soon as possible if you have been arrested for any of the following violent offenses.
Types of Violent Crimes
Assault & Battery
The crime of assault and battery is actually made up of two separate offenses. Assault (§ 784.011) is committed by using force or threats of force to instill fear of harm in an individual. An example would be when one person threatens to kill another person, or even displays a weapon, in a way that makes the victim fearful of harm. Battery (§ 784.03) is the unsolicited touching of another person in a harmful or threatening manner, such as hitting them, injuring them with a weapon, or throwing an object at them and causing injury.
Domestic violence laws are found in Title XLIII of the Florida Statutes. The crime occurs when someone commits assault, battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, kidnapping, or any other physically injurious offense against a family or household member. When accusations of domestic violence are made, police must conduct an investigation before making an arrest. Such an arrest can only be made if there are reasonable grounds to believe the individual is guilty of domestic violence. A conviction of domestic violence will result in a minimum jail term of five days.
When a person intentionally causes the death of another or does so out of disregard for human life, it is murder of the first or second degree as defined in § 782.04, Fla. Stat. (2012). This crime is punishable as a capital offense, or a first or second degree felony. Unintentionally killing another person through reckless or negligent behavior is manslaughter as defined in
§ 782.07 and is a first degree felony. Both murder and manslaughter are punishable by a prison term-possibly for life-and high fines.
Enlist a Criminal Lawyer in Punta Gorda, FL
Contact the offices of Leskovich Law Group, P.A. right away for quality counsel and representation when facing charges of a violent crime. Such offenses could result in a life sentence without proper legal defense. Consult for free with a member of our team today and learn exactly how our lawyers could work collectively on your case to build a strong and thorough defense against your charges. We have 25 years of experience, so you can rest assured that we have the knowledge and skill to help. Call now or complete our online evaluation form to get started!