Violent crimes are those which are committed against a person with the intent of inflicting bodily injury, or crimes where such injury is actually inflicted. Don't hesitate to retain the services of an excellent criminal defense attorney as soon as possible if you have been arrested for any of the following violent offenses.


Types of Violent Crimes


Assault & Battery

In some states, “assault and battery” is its own crime.  In the state of Florida, however, the crime of assault is different and separate from the crime of battery.  Assault involves a threat of violence while battery involves actual violence through an offensive touching.


An assault can occur without a battery.  For example, if a person points a gun at someone and tells them that he is going to shoot, then an assault occurred even though the person was never actually touched.


A battery can occur without an assault.  For example, if a person walks up behind another person and sucker punches them in the back of the head, a battery occurred.  In that case, an assault did not occur because the person never saw it coming and was never put in fear.


Domestic Violence

Domestic violence laws are found in Title XLIII of the Florida Statutes.  The crime occurs when someone commits assault, battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, bullying, kidnapping, or any other physically injurious offense against a family or household member.  When accusations of domestic violence are made, police must conduct an investigation before making an arrest.  Such an arrest can only be made if there are reasonable grounds to believe the individual is guilty of domestic violence.  A conviction of domestic violence will result in a minimum jail term of five days.


False Imprisonment  / Kidnapping

If you've been arrested for False Imprisonment or arrested for Kidnapping, you face serious criminal felony charges.  False imprisonment refers to complete restriction of one's liberty of movement without legal justification.  Kidnapping is the taking and movement of a person against that person's will without legal authority.  An individual convicted of kidnapping can be sentenced to life in prison.  Most false imprisonment arrests come from domestic setting, and are usually coupled with a domestic battery or other battery or assault charge.



Stalking arrests occur when an individual engages in a repeat course of conduct that's designed to cause a substantial amount of emotional distress in another.  Although typically misdemeanors, stalking charges can quickly become serious felonies when the repeated conduct/harassment is accompanied by a threat of harm that places the victim in fear of death or bodily injury.  In those circumstances, "stalking" can quickly turn into "aggravated" stalking.


If you are charged with any form of violent crime, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Justin Rickman in Clermont, Florida.





Criminal Defense Practice Areas

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Violent Crimes

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