The highly rated Tampa violent crime attorneys at Carlson Meissner & Hayslett have years of experience protecting defendants' rights in felony cases. Our insight and legal understanding regarding how prosecutors may structure their arguments and our courtroom skills prepare us to combat any charges you may be facing in Florida successfully. Call now to learn more and get started.

Types of Violent Crimes in Florida

Florida generally charges violent crimes as felonies with sentences involving heavy fines and a federal prison sentence. In some instances, restitution is ordered to compensate victims of violent crimes, such as:

  • Arson
  • Assault
  • Battery 
  • Child abuse
  • Conspiracy to commit a violent crime
  • Dangerous weapons enhancement
  • Homicide, manslaughter, and negligent homicide
  • Kidnapping
  • Robbery
  • Sexual assault and rape

Penalties for Violent Crimes in Florida

Violent crime sentencing depends on various factors, such as:

  • The severity of the crime
  • The criminal history of the defendant
  • Gang affiliation
  • Whether the accused used firearms or deadly force
  • Strength of evidence

For example:

  • In Florida, first-degree murder convictions attract the death penalty
  • A conviction for a violent crime involving malice and intent can mean 30 years or more in prison
  • Florida’s sentencing laws follow the 10/20/life sentencing where a firearm or destructive device is used for committing the crime

Other penalties may include the following:

  • Restitution to the victim
  • Long-term consequences, such as having a permanent criminal record, which makes it harder to get future employment
  • Fines and penalties
  • Reduced ability to secure a loan, find housing, and obtain a professional license
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You Have the Right to Defend Against a Felony Charge

There are numerous legal options and defense strategies your attorneys can deploy, even if there is significant evidence against you. Prosecutors routinely strong-arm defendants into accepting plea bargains that are not in their best interests. Our skilled violent crime lawyers in Tampa have prepared effective defenses for suppressing damaging evidence. Our strategies involve using the following:

  • Witness statements
  • Computer logs
  • Recorded videos
  • In-property evidence
  • Defendant statements

These types of evidence cannot be used against you once suppressed. The state’s case may weaken, resulting in reduced charges, an advantageous plea bargain, or an acquittal. In any criminal law case, the burden of proof falls on the prosecutor. Based on this, the defense needs to be prepared to launch a show of force in a courtroom if felony or misdemeanor violence charges need to be defeated. You must hire an attorney with a proven record of success. Our defense team at Carlson Meissner & Hayslett is knowledgeable, dedicated, passionate, and willing to fight aggressively on your behalf to ensure your rights are protected.

You are in the Hands of a Fighter: Get Representation from a Formidable Criminal Defense Lawyer in Florida

The experienced criminal defense attorneys at Carlson Meissner & Hayslett will always fight for your rights and obtain the best possible results, no matter the offense you may have been charged with. Our attorneys will work diligently to prevent your arrest, have the charges reduced, obtain an acquittal, or prevent an overly harsh sentence. To set up your free and confidential consultation with our legal team, call 877-728-9653 or reach us online today.

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