Violent Crimes
A criminal accusation involving any type of violence will typically be the subject of aggressive prosecution, and any penalties involved are likely to be harsh. Violent crimes under state law are mostly found in Florida Penal Code, “Offenses Against the Person.

Crimes of violence may include assault, kidnapping, threats and other offenses. Many of these offenses contain similar elements. For instance, the differences between assault and aggravated assault or unlawful restraint and kidnapping can be slight. The difference in penalties between these offenses, however, can be significant.

Attorney for Violent Crimes in South Florida
The accusation of a violent crime could change your life. It is important to fight to protect your freedom. A South Florida violent crime attorney can help you work to get the best possible results in your case and to get your life back on track.

Shlomi Presser will carefully evaluate all evidence. We will find any way to challenge the charges and seek to have them reduced or dismissed. Our San Antonio-based firm has represented clients on serious criminal matters for more than four decades, including allegations involving violence.

Call us today at (954) 764-1080 for a free telephone consultation.

Examples of Violent Crimes Prosecuted in South Florida
The most common examples of violent crimes prosecuted in South Florida and Broward County include:

kidnapping;
crimes causing injury to a child, elderly or disabled person;
terroristic threats;
harassment;
stalking;
manslaughter; and
homicide.
Information Center

How is assault defined under the Florida Penal Code?
What makes assault “aggravated?”
What are other assaultive offenses?
What is the difference between kidnapping and unlawful restraint?

How is assault defined under the Florida Penal Code?
Simple assault, as defined in Florida Penal Code, means to intentionally and knowingly:

Cause bodily injury to another
Threaten another with imminent bodily injury
Causes physical contact with another when the accused knows or should reasonably believe the victim will find the contact offensive
An assault under section (a) is a Class A misdemeanor, and an assault under section (b) or (c) is a Class C misdemeanor. However, the law provides for the offense to increase in severity if certain circumstances are met. Under section 22.01(b), any of the following can cause an assault to be a third degree felony:

If the victim is a public servant lawfully discharging an official duty, or if the assault is in retaliation for a public servant performing a duty
If the assault is a second offense for domestic violence
If the assault involving impeding the breath of a family or household member
If the victim was a government contractor and the assault occurred in the course of his or her duties, or the assault was in retaliation of a government contractor performing his or her duties
If the victim is a security guard performing his or her duties
If the victim is emergency services personnel performing his or her duties
Some violent offenses, including aggravated robbery, robbery, burglary and theft, could be charged as organized criminal activity if a group works together to commit the criminal offense. In these cases, the charges could carry more severe penalties.

What makes assault “aggravated?”
Aggravated assault is a more serious assault charge found in Florida Penal Code section 22.02. An assault can be elevated to an aggravated assault if it is alleged to have caused serious bodily injury, or if the use or exhibition of a deadly weapon is alleged in the commission of the assault.

Aggravated assault is a second-degree felony. However, the charges may be elevated to a felony of the first degree if the aggravated assault:

Used a deadly weapon and caused serious bodily injury to a family or household member
Was committed by a public servant
Was committed against a public servant or security officer lawfully discharging his or her duties, or in retaliation for discharging his or her duties
Was against a witness, prospective witness, informant or person who reported a crime; or
When the accused was in a vehicle and fired a gun:
Knowingly or recklessly in the direction of a building or other vehicle; or
And causes serious bodily injury to another.

What are other assaultive offenses?
Other assaultive offenses in Chapter 22 include:

Injury to a Child, Elderly Individual or Disabled Individual (Florida Penal Code sec. 22.04)
Abandoning or Endangering a Child (Florida Penal Code sec. 22.041)
Deadly Conduct (Florida Penal Code sec. 22.05)
Terrorist Threat (Florida Penal Code sec. 22.07)