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As soon as you are notified that charges are pending against you, we suggest you give us a call. The type of violent crime case against you is irrelevant.
Any criminal charge, no matter how small has the potential to change your life forever.
In Florida, violent crime includes Assault, Battery, Homicide, Manslaughter, Robbery and Forcible Sex Crimes. Violent crimes have the most affect on a person's future especially in employment situations. A criminal defense attorney should be hired immediately if you or a loved one are faced with the following:
Pursuant to Florida Statutes §784.011, assault is the intentional, unlawful threat by word or act to commit violence against another person, coupled with the apparent ability to do so, which creates a well-founded fear in such other person that violence is imminent.
Assault is a second degree misdemeanor in the state of Florida, punishable by up to sixty (60) days in jail.
Assault can be elevated based upon the use of a deadly weapon or the person having the intention to commit a felony while committing the assault. This will result in aggravated assault which is a third degree felony, punishable by up to five (5) years in State prison.
According to Florida Statutes §784.03, battery is when a person, actually and intentionally touches or strikes another person against the will of the other; or intentionally causes bodily harm to another person.
Simple battery is a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one (1) year in jail.
A person who has one prior conviction for battery, aggravated battery or felony battery and who commits a second or subsequent battery commits a felony of the third degree.
A third degree felony is punishable by up to five (5) years in State prison.
Battery can be elevated based upon the use of a deadly weapon or if the defendant knows/knew the victim is/was pregnant at the time of the offense.
Aggravated battery is a second degree felony punishable by up to fifteen (15) years in State prison.
Domestic Violence battery is the actual and intentional touching or striking of another person when the person is a family or household member. The terms family or household member means husbands and wives, ex-husbands and ex-wives, any individuals related by blood or marriage, any individuals living together as a family, any individuals who have lived together as family in the past, and any persons who have a child in common.
The family or household members must be currently living together or have resided together in the past in the same dwelling space (house, apartment, condo).
Domestic Violence battery carries enhanced penalties that differentiates it from simple battery. Domestic Violence battery makes the accused face:
Our firm has extensive experience in Domestic Violence court and no person should attempt to resolve his/her case without the counsel of an experienced attorney.
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