The State of Florida has seen a dramatic increase in the occurrence of violent crimes. Metropolitan areas such as Tampa have risen nationally into the upper ranks of acts such as such as assault, battery, physical abuse or armed robbery. The reaction by the State Legislature, politicians and law enforcement groups has been to raise police vigilance against such crimes and to stiffen judicial enforcement by a heavier use of the punishment and penalties available. As a result it is likely you will be facing harsh prosecution when faced with a violent crime charge. A competent, skilled and experienced Tampa criminal lawyer is crucial for the proper defense of your case.
Various Types of Violent Crimes and Potential Penalties
A violent crime differs by definition involves force, or the threat of force, against another. While there could be many possible names given to variations of these acts of force or threatened force they fall into four basic categories:
- A forced sexual act such as rape
- Assault and battery, legally assault is generally the threat of force and battery is the use of physical force. This can also be called aggravated assault when the threat or use of a deadly weapon is involved
- Robbery - such as armed robbery where the threat or the use of force is involved
To learn more about penalties for violent crimes, you can view the Florida Statutes, Chapter 784 which is the section on assault, battery and culpable negligence. Assault or battery will be considered a felony when an individual strikes another person against their will and causes bodily harm while having previously been charged with felony battery. Chapter 790 details weapons and firearms charges, which would be helpful to review if you were charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
The penalties for any conviction of a violent crime are severe. In all cases one is facing a felony charge which can stain one's record for life. Many professional types of licenses are denied to convicted felons, employers can take a very negative view of hiring a felon and for years voting rights could be denied to you. Financial fines are steep, restitution to the victim and lengthy prison sentences are all likely outcomes of a conviction gained against you. And as Florida is a capital punishment state the death penalty is a possible factor in some circumstances. Contact criminal defense attorneys at our firm today.