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Defending Against Violent Crime Charges in Florida

Violent crimes are some of the most heavily prosecuted offenses in the state of Florida, and an accusation of any violent offense could leave you facing major legal complications. If you have been arrested, or if you are under investigation for any violent crime, you need to immediately contact The Kilfin Law Firm, P.C.

At our firm, we are proud to boast nearly 2 decades of experience handling complicated legal cases, and we will aggressively fight to protect your rights, future, and freedoms. Our founding attorney is a former prosecutor who can use his unique understanding of the law to your benefit.

Our firm is aware that being accused of a violent crime can be life-changing, and we want to help you overcome these charges once and for all. Without the assistance of an attorney, you could be facing an uphill battle to protect yourself and your rights, and you may be subjected to serious penalties if you are convicted.

Call The Kilfin Law Firm, P.C. today at (888) 258-8049 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our violent crimes attorney in St. Petersburg.

Types of Violent Crimes in Florida

Felony violent crimes in the state of Florida can include:

What are the Penalties for Violent Crimes in Florida?

Florida law categorizes violent crimes as serious offenses, and the penalties vary based on the nature and severity of the crime committed. The consequences may include:

  • Incarceration: Conviction of a violent crime often results in imprisonment. The duration of incarceration depends on aspects like the severity of the offense, the presence of aggravating circumstances, and the defendant's criminal history.
  • Fines: Violent crime convictions may lead to substantial fines. The monetary penalties are determined by the specific statute under which the accused is charged, and they can significantly impact the financial well-being of the individual.
  • Probation: The court may impose probation. During this period, individuals are required to comply with specific conditions set by the court, like regular check-ins with a probation officer, holding employment, and refraining from criminal activities.
  • Restraining Orders: In instances involving domestic violence or related offenses, the court may issue restraining orders or protective orders, restricting the accused from contacting the alleged victim. Violating these orders can lead to further legal consequences.
  • Loss of Civil Rights: Conviction of certain violent crimes may result in the loss of various civil rights, like the right to vote, possess firearms, and hold certain professional licenses.

Defenses Against Violent Crime Charges

When facing allegations of violent crimes, mounting a robust defense is crucial. Some common defenses include:

  • Self-Defense: Demonstrating that the accused acted in self-defense, reasonably believing their actions were necessary to protect themselves or others.
  • Lack of Intent: Establishing that the accused did not have the requisite intent to commit the alleged crime, challenging the prosecution's burden of proving criminal intent beyond a reasonable doubt.
  • Mistaken Identity: Unveiling inconsistencies in witness identification or presenting evidence that suggests the wrong person was accused.
  • Alibi: Providing evidence that the accused was elsewhere at the time of the alleged crime, creating reasonable doubt about their involvement.
  • Police Misconduct: Challenging the legality of the arrest or the conduct of law enforcement during the investigation, which may lead to the exclusion of evidence.
  • Insufficient Evidence: Scrutinizing the prosecution's case and highlighting any lack of credible evidence, casting doubt on the strength of the charges.

Contact Our Violent Crimes Attorney in St. Petersburg Today

Attorney Donald J. Kilfin is a St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa criminal defense attorney. Upon retaining representation of our firm, we will thoroughly review your situation and develop an aggressive, personalized strategy designed to help you receive the most from your situation. We are aware that time may be of the essence, and we stand ready to ensure that you receive effective advocacy for your case.

If you have questions or concerns regarding your situation, or you would like more information about how our dedicated team can help you, do not hesitate to contact The Kilfin Law Firm, P.C. today. You can speak with our St. Petersburg violent crimes lawyer from our firm completely free of charge!

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