Few charges attract severe penalties like violent crimes. Therefore, if you’re facing violent crime charges in Florida, your livelihood, reputation, and freedom are on the line. For these reasons, you need to speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney that can defend you from the charges leveled against you, try and get your case dismissed, or negotiate the best plea bargain to minimize the penalties you’re facing.
At Shrader Law, PLLC, our experienced criminal defense attorneys understand that the truth will not always set you free, but evidence or lack of proof can. We will prepare a strong defense for your violent crime charges and be by your side throughout your case.
In Florida, violent crimes (crimes against humanity) are offenses that comprise of the use of force and violence. Sometimes, violent crimes can also involve a threat of force or violence, even when the threat isn’t carried out. Violent crimes comprise various offenses, including rape, simple assault, aggravated assault, sexual assault, robbery, and murder.
We can assist you if you’re facing the following types of violent crime charges and more:
According to the Florida Statutes 775.082 and 775.083, there are various penalties for violent criminal offenses. Violent crimes can also be classified as misdemeanors or felonies. The maximum fine and jail time a person can face will depend mainly on the severity and the frequency of the crime committed. Additionally, sometimes the penalties for violent criminal offenses may depend on where the crime occurred, whether a weapon was used to commit the crime and whether the defendant has previously been convicted.
If you are accused of committing a violent criminal offense in Florida, the prosecution will pursue the harshest sentence. They will do this by portraying you as a danger to society, and recommend to the judge and jury that you be sentenced to a long time in prison to serve the community’s interests.
At Shrader Law, PLLC, we know that being convicted for your violent crime offense can have long-lasting consequences. Future background checks can reveal your criminal record, which can have a negative outcome in matters touching on education, housing, employment, and other activities. Our attorneys understand that sometimes violent crimes can result if you are acting in self-defense, and they will present all the facts to raise your best defenses.
Apart from proving that your violent crime occurred when defending yourself from an attack, your Shrader Law, PLLC criminal defense attorney can also use other defense strategies to get your violent criminal charges dropped or the charge reduced. Some of the defenses our experienced criminal defense attorneys can use include:
Defense of property: Your attorney will present evidence that you used deadly force to protect your car, home, or residence against an intruder. Proving that you had to use force because you had reason to believe that your property was in danger by another person can help your case.
Defense of others: If you had to use force to protect a third person from being attacked by another individual, your attorney can help you by arguing this defense. It’s important that you talk to an attorney if you used deadly force that resulted in death or serious injuries to other individuals.
Lack of intent: In Florida, intent is a necessary element of a violent criminal offense. Therefore, depending on your case, your attorney can show that you did not have the intent to commit the crime.
Justification: Your attorney may also defend you from the violent criminal charges leveled against you by justifying that your violent actions were necessary to prevent potential injuries to others.
Being convicted of a violent criminal offense will seriously impact your life. In Florida, convicted felons lose the right to vote, serve as jurors, hold public office, or own firearms. What’s more, you could lose your professional license. This is why you need an experienced criminal defense attorney in your corner. An attorney who is familiar with the criminal court system will know the best defense strategy or negotiate the most favorable plea deal. To protect your rights and get the best outcome, contact a Shrader Law, PLLC criminal defense attorney today.