Violent crimes involve criminal offenses, using violence or the threat of force. They may also even involve the mere threat of force or violence, even if that threat was not pursued by the person accused. The term violent crime in the state of Florida covers a broad spectrum of offenses, including simple assault, sexual assault, aggravated assault, murder and robbery. Violent crimes can happen in two ways.
First of all, they may happen where violence is the primary objective of the crime, but they can also occur when the violence is seen as a means to an end. One of the most common types of violent crimes alleged in the state of Florida is assault. Assault means that if there was an intentional threat or use of force against another person, that actual contact does not need to occur in order for the person to be effectively charged with assault.
Assault is often charged as a misdemeanor but it can also be elevated to the felony level. Battery is another common violent crime that is similar to assault, except it requires that actual physical contact occurred between the victim and the suspect, or between the victim and a weapon.
In more than half of all the robberies that occur, a victim is confronted with a weapon, such as a gun or a knife.
The primary use of this weapon is to instill fear. But someone who has been accused of a violent crime with the commission of a weapon may face much higher penalties and outcomes. Sexual assault is a form of forcible rape, or non-sexual contact that may also be charged as a violent crime.
The most serious of all violent crimes charged across Florida and the remainder of the country are those involving homicide, such as manslaughter and murder. If you are facing any of these types of charges, it is imperative that you consult with a criminal defense attorney sooner rather than later to figure out your next steps and how to protect yourself.