Experienced Clearwater Attorneys for Violent Crime Defense
Protecting your rights when you face serious criminal charges
When you’re accused of committing a violent crime like robbery, battery or assault, there is a lot at stake. The sentences following a conviction are severe, forcing you to give up your freedom, family and reputation. If you’re in this situation, seek the counsel of a knowledgeable Tampa criminal defense attorney with Bauer Crider & Parry. Our lawyers have more than 130 years of combined experience representing clients in local, state and federal courts. You can turn to us when you need an experienced legal representative.
Most common types of violent crimes in Florida
A violent crime occurs when an offender uses or threatens to use violence against another person. In Florida, the number of reported violent offenses has gone down 41.7 percent between 1992 and 2012. The most common types of violent crimes are the following:
- Homicide. Homicide is the killing of one person by another. The term can encompass criminal and noncriminal killings, such as murder, killing in self-defense and manslaughter. Punishments vary depending on the circumstances — killing in self-defense might be considered justifiable and carry no jail time, while murder is classified as a first-degree felony and can result in life in prison or even the death penalty.
- Aggravated assault. Aggravated assault is misdemeanor assault with the added element of either the use of a deadly weapon or the intent to commit a felony. This is considered a third-degree felony that may result in up to five years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.
- Domestic violence. Domestic violence is any criminal offense that leads to violence against a family member, person in the household or romantic partner. Since domestic violence can take many forms, charges can range from a simple misdemeanor with minimal fines and possible jail time to felony charges with larger fines and longer prison sentences.
- Gun offenses. The term “gun offense” is relatively broad and refers to any unlawful activity committed with the use of a firearm. In Florida, if a person commits a felony that involves the use of a gun, prison sentences can range from three years to a life sentence.
- Theft. Theft is a criminal act in which one person takes another person’s property without consent. This is a broad term that includes robbery and embezzlement. Florida’s punishments for theft depend on the type and severity of the crime. If the crime is charged as a misdemeanor, offenders can receive a sentence of up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000. If it is charged as a felony, the resulting sentence can be up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Robbery and burglary are types of theft. Robbery involves using force or creating fear in the victim, and is a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The sentence may be increased to as many as 30 years if a weapon was used.
Burglary occurs when the offender enters a home or other building intending to commit a crime inside. Burglary sentences range from five years to life in prison, depending on the severity of the crime — if assault, use of a firearm or more than $1,000 worth of property damage occurs, burglary is considered a first-degree felony. Both burglary and robbery may be charged as juvenile offenses if the accused is a minor.
Work with a respected law firm in the Clearwater & St. Petersburg area
After your arrest, don’t hesitate to call Bauer Crider & Parry at 727.408.6219, or contact us online. Our main office is located in Clearwater, and we also have locations in Tampa and Port Richey. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case in detail.