Charged With A Violent Crime? Protect Your Constitutional Rights.
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. These crimes include assault and battery, homicide/murder, domestic violence, sexual assault or rape, and false imprisonment/kidnapping.
Examples Of Violent Crimes
Don’t hesitate to retain the services of an excellent criminal defense attorney as soon as possible if you have been arrested for any violent offense such as the following.
Assault And Battery
In some states, “assault and battery” is its own crime. In Florida, however, the crime of assault is different and separate from the crime of battery. Assault involves a threat of violence, while battery involves the unpermitted touching of another.
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 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.
If you’ve been arrested for false imprisonment or kidnapping, you are facing 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 a 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.
Charged With Assault? Let Us Hear From You.
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. Call today at 352-394-2041 or contact us online.