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Violent crimes involve using force – or attempting to do so – on another person, resulting in injury, death, or imminent fear of either type of harm. Since many of these crimes are extremely serious in nature, the Florida courts will typically seek the maximum criminal penalties allowed by law. In addition, being accused of a violent crime can be just as damaging to your life and reputation. In order to defend yourself and protect your rights, you need to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.
If you or a loved one has been accused of a violent crime, our legal team at the Law Offices of Cavanaugh & Cavanaugh, P.A. is ready to help you get the most favorable outcome in your case. With more than four decades of collective experience, our Naples violent crime defense lawyers can investigate your case, obtain and analyze evidence, negotiate with the prosecution, and take your case to trial if necessary to either get your entire case dismissed or the charges or penalties against you reduced.
Contact us today at (239) 309-2006 to let us get started on your defense. Serving residents of Naples and throughout Collier County.
What is a Violent Crime?
As we mentioned before, a violent crime is defined as harming or threatening another person with violence. Since these crimes may result in serious injury or death, they are often considered felonies, which can lead to imprisonment for a long period of time, fines worth tens of thousands of dollars, and a permanent criminal record.
Types of Violent Crimes in Florida
Common types of violent crimes in Florida include:
- Assault – Threatening someone with imminent harm is a second-degree misdemeanor; however, threatening another person with a deadly weapon or while committing a felony offense is considered aggravated assault, which is a third-degree felony.
- Battery – Hitting or touching someone in an offensive manner is a first-degree misdemeanor; however, battery involving a deadly weapon, serious injury, or a pregnant person is considered aggravated battery, which is a second-degree felony.
- Burglary – Unlawfully entering a home with an intent to commit a crime is a second-degree felony. Unlawfully entering an unoccupied structure with an intent to commit a crime is a third-degree felony, while entering an occupied structure with an intent to commit a crime is a second-degree felony.
- Robbery – Robbery involves entering a property in order to take money or property from the occupants by using force, violence, or threats. Home invasion robbery is a first-degree felony, robbery with a deadly weapon is a first-degree felony, and strong-arm robbery is a second-degree felony.
- Manslaughter – There are three types of manslaughter charges in Florida: manslaughter by act (voluntary), manslaughter by procurement (voluntary), and manslaughter by culpable negligence (involuntary). This violent crime is generally a first-degree felony.
- Murder – There are three types of homicide charges in Florida: first-degree murder, second-degree murder, and third-degree murder. Murder can be a capital offense or second-degree felony, at the least.
What is the Mental Health Diversion Program?
Individuals who are charged with misdemeanor violent crimes or certain felony offenses and are considered mentally ill may be eligible for the mental health diversion program. The courts require medical documents such as diagnoses, prescriptions, evidence of hospital stays and therapy, and letters from doctors and other healthcare providers to be eligible. Completing the 12-month program will lead to your entire case being dismissed.
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