A violent crime involves an action that harms another person. Sometimes certain offenses are considered violent crimes even if the other person is not actually hurt. Some examples of violent crimes include:
- Homicide: When the life of another human being is unlawfully taken. Charges are classified as either murder or manslaughter, depending on whether or not the killing was intentional.
- Assault: The threat of acting violently and hurting another person. Someone can be charged with assault whether or not they act on those threats. Simple assault is considered a misdemeanor, while aggravated assault or assault with a deadly weapon is considered a felony.
- Battery: The harmful, aggressive, and unwanted touching of another individual. Just like assault, someone does not have to physically injure the other person in order to be charged with battery.
- Domestic Violence: Violent acts committed against a boyfriend/girlfriend, or against a spouse, or family member that is living in the same home.
- Child Abuse: Acts of aggression or neglect that result in the injury or harm of a child.
- Kidnapping: The forceful and unlawful abduction and/or confinement of another person.
- Robbery: The use of violence and/or force to take another person’s belongings.
The penalties associated with violent crimes can be severe, and can include imprisonment, fines, probation, mandatory community service, a permanent criminal record, and more. If you’re facing charges for a violent crime, it’s critical to have an attorney who knows the ins and outs of complicated Florida laws. The St. Johns County criminal defense lawyers at Canan Law will work tirelessly to build a solid case for you and fight for your rights, getting you the best results possible. Call us or stop by our offices at 1030 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd. in downtown St. Augustine if you have any questions about a pending criminal matter.