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:
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.
A violent crime differs by definition involves force, or the threat of force, against another.
Capital felonies (or "life felonies") also generally involve some element of violence. 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.