Miami Violent Crimes Attorneys
24/7 Defense for Accusations of Crimes of Violence in Florida
Violent crimes are those involving actual or threats of physical harm against another person. They range from stalking to homicide and are considered some of the most severe offenses in Florida. Because of the seriousness of violent crimes, the State harshly prosecutes them, and the court may impose steep penalties upon a conviction. Sentences for violent crimes can be anywhere from up to 1 year of imprisonment to death. If you are facing criminal accusations, your future and freedom are at stake, and you need the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney to aggressively fight your charge.
Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A. is a firm built on integrity and trust. Our Miami violent crimes lawyers are here to provide the sound guidance you need throughout your case. We understand how overwhelming this situation may be for you, which is why we will maintain constant and open communication with you, providing the answers and counsel necessary to make informed decisions about how your case progresses. Backed by extensive legal experience and led by an attorney who has such a firm grasp of the law, he delivers seminars and classes to other criminal defense lawyers, we know what methods to use and avenues to pursue to seek a just outcome in even the most complex matters.
Legal Representation for a Range of Charges
Florida's and the U.S. Government's laws contain several statutes concerning behavior that may be considered a violent crime. Whether you have been charged with a state or federal offense, Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A. is ready to provide the quality legal representation you need. We recognize the seriousness of these accusations and get started right away on building a strong defense strategy. Our violent crimes attorneys in Miami will examine every detail of your case to spot weaknesses in proof and challenge the prosecutor's allegations against you.
We handle a variety of violent crimes cases, including:
- Arson: This offense involves causing damage to a dwelling, structure, or the contents of either by willfully setting fire or causing an explosion. In Florida, arson is either a first- or second-degree felony. A first-degree felony is punishable by up to 30 years of imprisonment; a second-degree, by up to 15 years. Both can result in a fine of up to $10,000.
- Assault on a federal officer: Under 18 U.S.C. § 111, any person who assaults, impedes, resists, interferes, or intimidates an on-duty federal officer may be facing severe penalties. In cases involving simple assault, a conviction may lead to imprisonment for up to 1 year. When the offense involves physical contact or the intent to commit a felony, it is punishable by up to 8 years of imprisonment.
- Battery: Florida Statutes § 784.03 defines battery as either actually touching another person without their consent or intentionally causing physical harm to another. The crime is a first-degree misdemeanor, which carries a term of incarceration of up to 1 year and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
- Domestic violence: Under Florida Statutes § 741.28, domestic violence involves assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or other harmful offenses against a family or household member. The penalties imposed upon a conviction depend on the underlying offense and may include a mandatory minimum term of incarceration and a requirement to complete a batterer's intervention program.
- Elder abuse: This offense occurs when someone intentionally causes physical or psychological injury to an elderly person or willfully causes them great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement. Generally, elder abuse is a third-degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years of imprisonment and/or up to $5,000 in fines. However, if great bodily harm was caused, it is an aggravated offense charged as a first-degree felony. Then, conviction penalties include up to 30 years of imprisonment and/or up to $10,000 in fines.
- Murder/homicide: Florida Statutes § 782.04 provides that murder is the unlawful killing of another. When such is premeditated, occurs during a specified felony, or results from illegal drug distribution, the crime is a capital felony, penalized by death. When death is affected without premeditation or during the commission or attempted commission of a specified felony, the alleged offender may be charged with a first-degree felony, which is punishable by up to 30 years of imprisonment and/or up to $10,000 in fines. When someone is killed during a specified felony, murder is a second-degree felony, with conviction penalties including up to 15 years of imprisonment and/or up to $10,000 in fines.
- Stalking: Under Florida Statutes § 784.048, stalking occurs when a person engages in a series of acts against another for no lawful reason and causes substantial emotional distress. The crime is a first-degree misdemeanor, penalized by up to 1 year of incarceration and/or up to $1,000 in fines. However, if the alleged offender made a credible threat to the victim, the offense is aggravated stalking, a third-degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or up to $5,000 in fines.
Know that regardless of the charge you are facing, our Miami violent crimes lawyers are here to fight for you through every stage of your case.
Strategies for Defending Against Violent Crime
Though each case is unique, our experienced attorneys may be able to assert the following defenses:
- Alibi - The crime did not happen in your presence, a defense to which GPS is more commonly applied now.
- Wrongly Identified - A witness may mistakenly identify someone if their description resembles that of a criminal suspect or if the witness assumes the person committed a crime because of specific circumstances.
- Self Defense - You may use deadly or non-deadly force in self-defense or to protect a third party if you reasonably believe the other party's actions will result in death or serious bodily harm, and if you or the third party did not initiate the incident.
- Lack of Intent - Violent crimes require intent to be proven, so the burden of proof falls to the state to prove its case, and it may be possible to prove that the act was not intended.
Discuss Your Violent Crime Case with Our Firm
If you don't have a solid background in the law, going up against the criminal justice system can be complicated. That is why it is crucial you retain the services of Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A. We have handled several complex cases and are well-prepared to fully represent you. We know both state and federal court systems and processes, and Attorney Jeffrey S. Weiner has authored books on federal defense.
When selecting a law firm to represent you during an investigation or after an arrest, consider these qualities:
- We Are Top-Rated Criminal Defense Attorneys
- We Wrote “the Book” on Federal Criminal Rules and Cases
- We Get The Best Possible Result in Each Case
- We Are Available 24/7 for Emergencies and Offer Free Initial Consultations
- We Have Served Criminal Defense Clients and Fellow Lawyers For Over 47 Years
Our Miami violent crimes attorneys are ready to work relentlessly toward a favorable result on your behalf. Schedule a free initial consultation by calling (305) 985-6640 or submitting an online contact form today.
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We Are Top-Rated Criminal Defense Attorneys
We Get the Best Possible Result in Each Case
We Have Served Criminal Defense Clients and Fellow Lawyers For Over 47 Years
We Wrote “the Book” on Federal Criminal Rules & Cases
We Are Available 24/7 for Emergencies & Offer Free Initial Consultations