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Clearwater, Florida

Violent Crimes Defense Lawyers

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The consequences of a violent crime conviction – which can include assault, battery, robbery, and murder, among other offenses – can have a lasting effect on your freedom, your employment prospects, and your reputation.

Our Clearwater criminal defense attorneys at Fletcher & Fletcher have years of experience fighting these types of charges, and we are ready to get to work building your defense as soon as possible.

“Mr. Fletcher has been caring, compassionate and non-judgmental throughout my entire legal process. I trusted him with my future, career and he has been honest and kept my best interests his priority.”

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Clearwater, Florida Violent Crime Cases

Florida considers an offense that involves the intentional use or threat of physical force or violence to be a violent crime. And most of these offenses are charged as felonies.

An offense that involves the intentional use or threat of physical force or violence is considered a violent crime in Florida, and most of these offenses are felonies.

Unfortunately, a number of people suffer the consequences of being wrongfully accused of violent crimes they did not commit.

To make matters worse, these types of crimes also sometimes result in excessive punishments for those accused. The prosecutor may file criminal charges that are not supported by evidence in cases where someone alleges to have been physically harmed, as emotions run high in such cases.

The most common types of violent crime cases we see include:

  • Murder / manslaughter
  • Kidnapping
  • Robbery / aggravated robbery
  • Assault / aggravated assault
  • Battery / aggravated battery
  • Child abuse

Penalties for Violent Crimes in Florida

In Florida, we have a law called “10-20-Life” which outlines some of the strictest mandatory minimum sentences in the country for those convicted of violent crimes:

  • Having a firearm while committing certain crimes: 10 years minimum, up to 20 or 25 years to life
  • Using a gun while committing a crime: 20-year minimum sentence
  • Shooting someone while while committing a crime: 25-year-to-life sentence

In Florida, only first-degree murder is punishable by death.

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Penalties may vary depending on other details of the case, but the following are some typical penalties for felony violent crimes:

  • Murder / Manslaughter (second-degree felony): Up to 15 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. Most murder charges, regardless of degree, carry a potential life sentence because of aggravating factors. These factors can also enhance the sentencing guidelines.
  • Kidnapping: Up to 30 years or life imprisonment
  • Robbery: Ranges from 5 years to life imprisonment. Certain aggravating factors can trigger minimum mandatory penalties for crimes such as robbery, aggravated battery, and kidnapping just to name a few.
  • Aggravated assault (third-degree felony): 5 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $5,000
  • Aggravated battery (second-degree felony): 5 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $5,000
  • Child abuse (third-degree felony): 5 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $5,000 (aggravating factors can increase the penalties)

In the face of such severe penalties, it is in your best interest to retain an experienced Clearwater violent crimes attorney as soon as you are notified of your charges.

Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” Law

If you were to use force against another person, but believed that it was necessary, Florida’s "Stand Your Ground" law provides protection in this case.

Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, originally passed in 2005, provides immunity to those who reasonably fear imminent harm.

The law states:

The law stipulates that if someone is attacked in an area where they have a right to be and isn’t engaged in any unlawful activities, they do not have to retreat and can use the same level of force – including deadly force if deemed necessary – as their attacker.

Shifting the burden of proof to the prosecution, this Florida self-defense statute allows defendants to compel a hearing that requires the state to demonstrate that they were not acting in self-defense.

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For a free consultation, contact our Clearwater criminal defense lawyers at Fletcher & Fletcher today. We will put our experience to use for you and help you understand your rights and defend your freedom.

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