Violent crimes bring heavy penalties. Years in prison and a permanent criminal record are just some examples. If you or a loved one has been charged with a violent offense, it is crucial that you contact a skilled lawyer in Miami.
At Frank Schwartz, P.A., we are tried and tested legal representatives. We have defended clients against tough criminal prosecution for over 20 years. Before this, our Miami violent crime lawyer worked as a prosecutor. As a result, we are able to offer unique insight into these criminal cases. Let us use our experience to your advantage!
Call Frank Schwartz, P.A. at (305) 707-7770 to get started with a free consultation!
What Is Considered a Violent Crime in Florida?
A violent crime is any crime committed with the use or threat of use of violence. These offenses are prosecuted as felonies under both state law and federal law.
Common Types of Violent Offenses
At Frank Schwartz, P.A., we defend against violent offenses such as the following:
- Murder, or homicide
- Assisted suicide
- Aggravated assault
- Assault of law enforcement officers
- Domestic violence
- Rape, attempted or completed
- Sexual assault/battery and other sex crimes
- Armed robbery and other theft crimes
- Weapons charges, such as those involving firearms
These are only some of the most common cases we take on. Contact our prominent criminal law firm online to find out how we can help with your case. When Miami residents are in trouble, we’re here to help.
How Common Is Violent Crime?
Miami is far from having the lowest crime rate in the world.
According to the data, a new crime takes place about every 4 minutes in Miami-Dade County. To solve this problem, law enforcement continues to crack down on crime. Take, for example, 2021’s Operation Summer Heat, which specifically focused on curbing violent crimes.
Amid law enforcement crackdowns, it is common for people to be unfairly accused. It is even common for someone to be charged with an offense far more serious than the actual act they committed. If this happened to you, then you have likely found yourself facing serious penalties for no good reason.
Florida Penalties for Violent Crimes
If convicted of a violent crime, you could face the following penalties:
- Thousands of dollars in fines
- Years of incarceration, or even life in prison
- Loss of voting rights
- Loss of your right to bear arms
- Permanent criminal record
- Trouble finding a job and housing
- Wrecked social, familial, and personal relationships
Every violent offense comes with its own penalties, all of which may change depending on the facts of the case. That’s why it is best to consult a Miami violent crime lawyer to figure out what penalties you’re facing. We will work to get you the lowest sentence available in your case. It may be possible to have your charges reduced, dropped, or dismissed.
Does Florida Have the Death Penalty?
The death penalty, or “capital punishment,” is still legal in Florida. These days, it is usually administered by lethal injection or with the electric chair.
Since the death penalty is the most severe punishment out there, it is reserved for very extreme cases. For reference, convicted serial killer Ted Bundy was sentenced to death by electrocution.
If you have been accused of a crime punishable by death, we cannot emphasize enough the importance of working with a proven lawyer. Sadly, it is possible for innocent people to be wrongfully put on death row. When your life is quite literally on the line, you need a team who understands your case inside and out.
Violent Crime Defense Strategies in Florida
There are all sorts of defenses available in violent crimes cases, such as:
- Defense of others, such as if the alleged violent crime was actually done to protect the safety of other people.
- Defense of property, such as if you were only defending your home at the time of the alleged crime.
- Lack of intent, which means there are either very weak or zero grounds for a criminal case.
Our Miami defense team will work to devise an effective defense strategy for you.
Can I Claim Self-Defense in Florida?
Under the Stand Your Ground law (also known as the “Castle Doctrine”), you have the right to self-defense. That means you can use force against another person whom you believe is threatening your safety. What’s more, you do not have to retreat to your home to do so—you have a right to stand your ground and defend yourself right then and there.
The Castle Doctrine protects those who only committed an act of violence in self-defense. (Note that claiming self-defense is a valid defense strategy in court.) It follows that you cannot claim self-defense while committing a crime.
Why Hire a Miami Attorney for a Violent Offense?
In the United States, you have a right to counsel. That doesn’t mean you are required to hire an attorney, but there’s a good reason why having one is a constitutional right.
First, mistakes made during the criminal process could have serious consequences, from prison time to the loss of some constitutional rights, and more. An attorney will take care of the legal work for you, making sure that everything is done the right way the first time around. We will save you from missing key facts that could lead to a reduced penalty or dismissed charges.
Second, criminal attorneys understand how the prosecution works. Informed by our attorney’s experience as a prosecutor, our team can poke holes in the case against you. We will also work to save you from being made an example of. You deserve a strong fighting chance—we’re here to give that to you.
In short, not hiring a Miami violent crime attorney makes it easier for the prosecution to prove that you’re guilty—that applies even if you are innocent. Prosecutors push for the strongest penalty and punishment possible in any given case; you need someone on your side to protect your rights.
Aggressive Defense When You Need It Most
Act fast to protect your rights!
Here at Frank Schwartz, P.A., our Miami violent crime lawyer aggressively fights for our clients in and out of the courtroom. We do not waste time when we take on a new case. We make sure to give you one-on-one attention, honest counsel, and a personalized defense strategy. To date, we have successfully tried more than 100 cases in federal and state court.
Whether you have been detained or simply have questions and concerns about your situation, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team. We can go over your rights in a free initial case review. Once you decide to work with us, we will get started on your case right away. We service clients facing drug crime charges throughout Florida in the following areas North Miami, Aventura, Hialeah, South Miami, Kendall, Brickell, North Miami Beach, and Miami Beach.
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Frank Schwartz is a Miami attorney who concentrates his legal practice in the area of criminal defense. Mr. Schwartz is proud to have established a highly successful and effective criminal defense trial practice in South Florida.