Tampa Violent Crimes Attorney
Of all the criminal offenses you could be charged with, those involving violence are some of the most serious. If you have been charged, it is not only your freedom that is at stake. Your livelihood and your reputation are, as well. Our Tampa violent crimes attorney can argue the evidence, or show a lack thereof, and will act as your advocate so you have the best chance of beating the charges.
Common Violent Crimes
Violent crimes generally involve high levels of aggression or force, and the opportunity for the victim to suffer great physical harm. It is important to note that the victim does not have to actually become hurt. Even when the victim was unharmed, you may still face charges if you used force or threats. The most common violent crimes in Tampa are as follows:
- Manslaughter, including vehicular manslaughter
- Assault and battery
- Enhancements for dangerous weapons
- Aggravated assault
- Aggravated battery
- False imprisonment
- Domestic violence
Penalties for a Violent Crime Conviction
There are a number of possible penalties for a violent crime conviction and they largely depend on the type of crime you have been charged with. The majority of these crimes are charged as felony offenses but sometimes an offense is classified as a misdemeanor.
Even the least severe felony charge can result in several years in prison. This is particularly true under the 10-20 law in Florida. Under this law, certain minimum mandatory sentences that can result in a person spending decades in prison. In some instances, a lifetime in prison or even the death penalty may apply. Many factors are taken into consideration when determining which sentence applies. These are as follows:
- The severity and nature of the crime,
- Whether you have a criminal history,
- Whether the prosecution is arguing that you used a deadly weapon in the commission of the alleged crime,
- If there is any evidence of gang affiliation,
- The location of the offense, and
- The strength or weakness of the evidence.
Defense Strategies Used in Violent Crime Cases
While being charged with a violent crime may seem like a hopeless situation, it is not. There are many possible defenses available and they include:
- Self-defense: Under Florida’s “Stand Your Ground Law” you have the right to use force, even deadly force, if you are defending yourself, others, or property and protecting them from serious harm.
- Lack of intent: In most cases, the prosecution must show that you had the intent to act violently without regard for the safety of others.
- Justification: In some cases, an action that may otherwise be considered a crime is not under certain circumstances.
Our Violent Crimes Attorney in Tampa Can Provide the Defense You Need
At HD Law Partners, our Tampa violent crimes attorney can prepare a solid defense that can help you retain your freedom, reputation, and livelihood. Call or text us now at 813-964-7878 or reach out to us online to schedule a free consultation with our knowledgeable attorney and to learn more about how we can help.