Violent crimes are the most serious felonies in Florida, and carry major penalties as a result. If you have been charged with a violent crime of any sort, your reputation, finances, and freedom are on the line. It is important to defend yourself with the very best tools available, which is why you will want to retain an experienced criminal defense attorney early on.
The following is a brief overview of the various violent crimes and their associated penalties.
Kidnapping is a first-degree felony punishable by life in prison. Kidnapping is defined as forcibly, secretly, or by threat confining, abducting, or imprisoning another person against his or her will and without lawful authority with the intent to:
Burglary is a violent crime depending on whether or not it was done with a weapon, and whether or not a person was actually victimized. Burglary is defined as entering a dwelling, structure, or conveyance (car, boat, train, etc.) with the intent to commit another crime therein. People often think burglary means stealing, but its legal definition is actually the act of entering a place with the intent to commit a crime in that place.
Burglary can be a first degree felony punishable by life in prison if during the burglary, there was an assault or battery committed. Burglary is also a life felony if the defendant is armed during the burglary. A burglary of a car or structure that is not a home is not considered a violent crime and is a third degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
Aggravated battery is defined in Florida as:
Battery against law enforcement officers, medical staff, and elderly people are also felonies in Florida. Aggravated assault is an assault with a deadly weapon, without an intent to kill.
Child abuse is a third degree felony in Florida. Child abuse is defined as intentional infliction of physical or mental injury on a child, OR an intentional act that could reasonably be expected to result in physical or mental injury to child, OR active encouragement of a person to commit an act that results or could reasonably be expected to result in physical or mental injury to a child.
Aggravated child abuse occurs when:
Robbery is the taking of money or other property from the person or custody of another with the intent to permanently or temporarily deprive the person of that money or property by force, violence, assault or putting in fear. A few categories fall within this definition: