Miami and Fort Lauderdale Crimes of Violence Cases

Have you been charged with a Violent Crime in the Miami or Fort Lauderdale area?

The consequences of a conviction for a Violent Crime can be extremely serious.  Penalties can include heavy fines, jail time and/or prison time. Because these penalties could be so severe, it is important to be represented by an experienced South Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer as soon as possible.

Call the Law Office of Carlos Fleites at  (305) 673-4600 today for Miami and Fort Lauderdale area Crimes of Violence defense.

Crimes of Violence Cases

The following are the most common violent crimes under the Florida Statutes:

Assault
An “assault” is an intentional, unlawful threat by word or act to do violence to the person of another, coupled with an apparent ability to do so, and doing some act which creates a well-founded fear in such other person that such violence is imminent.   Whoever commits an assault shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree.

Aggravated Assault
An “aggravated assault” is an assault: With a deadly weapon without intent to kill; or   With an intent to commit a felony.  Whoever commits an aggravated assault shall be guilty of a felony of the third degree.

Aggravated Battery
A person commits aggravated battery who, in committing battery: Intentionally or knowingly causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement; or uses a deadly weapon. Whoever commits aggravated battery shall be guilty of a felony of the second degree

Aggravated Child Abuse
Commits aggravated battery on a child or willfully tortures, maliciously punishes, or willfully and unlawfully cages a child; or knowingly or willfully abuses a child and in so doing causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement to the child. A person who commits aggravated child abuse commits a felony of the first degree

Aggravated Stalking
Any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows, harasses, or cyber stalks another person, and makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear of death or bodily injury of the person, or the person’s child, sibling, spouse, parent, or dependent, commits the offense of aggravated stalking, a felony of the third degree.

Arson
Any person who willfully and unlawfully, or while in the commission of any felony, by fire or explosion, damages or causes to be damaged:  Any person who willfully and unlawfully, or while in the commission of any felony, by fire or explosion, damages or causes to be damaged any structure, whether the property of himself or herself or another, under any circumstances not referred to in subsection (1), is guilty of arson in the second degree.

 Arson with Injury
A person who perpetrates any arson that results in any bodily harm to a firefighter or any other person, regardless of intent or lack of intent to cause such harm, is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.

A person who perpetrates any arson that results in great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement to a firefighter or any other person, regardless of intent or lack of intent to cause such harm, is guilty of a felony of the second degree.

Battery
The offense of battery occurs when a person actually and intentionally touches or strikes another person against the will of the other.

Battery of a Law Enforcement Officer
The offense of battery occurs when a person actually and intentionally touches or strikes a Law Enforcement Officer, Firefighter, Emergency Medical Care Provider, or Public Transit Employee against the will of the other person.

Battery of Elderly
A person who is convicted of an aggravated assault or aggravated battery upon a person 65 years of age or older shall be sentenced to a minimum term of imprisonment of 3 years and fined not more than $10,000 and shall also be ordered by the sentencing judge to make restitution to the victim of such offense and to perform up to 500 hours of community service work.

Carjacking
The taking of a motor vehicle which may be the subject of larceny from the person or custody of another, with intent to either permanently or temporarily deprive the person or the owner of the motor vehicle, when in the course of the taking there is the use of force, violence, assault, or putting in fear, carjacking is a felony of the first degree.

Domestic Violence
Any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.