When it comes to violent crime in Florida, this state has a violent crime rate that is moderate to moderate-high. For all of Florida in 2011, there were 134 robberies per 100,000 people and 348 aggravated assaults per the same capita. While recently the violent crime rate in Palm Beach County has fallen, there was still over 490 violent crimes in this area alone.
This means that area law enforcement are continually on high alert for incidents of violent crime like assault or robbery, and will not hesitate to make an arrest in circumstances that may constitute a violent offense being committed. An experienced criminal defense lawyer in West Palm Beach can help you fight to protect your rights and your future in any circumstances where you have been arrested for violent crime in Palm Beach County.
West Palm Beach Violent Crime Defense Attorney
Violent crimes in Florida are serious offenses that come not only with serious penalties, but also with parallel social and professional consequences as well. If you have been arrested for a violent crime in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Greenacres, Jupiter, Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, or anywhere else in Palm Beach County, take the important first step in your defense and contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A.. When choosing to work with an experienced defense lawyer, it is best to contact him as soon as possible after your arrest.
Skilled and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer Andrew Stine has over a decade of experience serving clients like you. As a former army medic and having spent time as a public defender, Andrew Stine has a militant attention to detail and a passion for criminal defense that can benefit your violent crime case in the West Palm Beach Area. To find out more about what Andrew D. Stine, P.A. can do for your case involving violent crime in Palm Beach County, call 561.880.4300 today and schedule your free initial case consultation.
Violent Crime Information Center
- Florida Violent Crime Definitions
- Violent Crime Penalties in Florida
- Resources for Violent Crimes in Palm Beach County
In Florida, a crime is designated a violent crime when a threat, use of force, or some form of physicality occurs between the victim and the offender when the crime is committed. Sometimes the threat or use of force is a crime in and of itself, such as with assault or battery, and other times it is used as part of another crime like kidnapping.
No matter the circumstances, having a violent crime on your record can negatively impact you in many ways, such as in future employment opportunities or in a child custody battle. Working with an experienced Palm Beach County violent crime defense lawyer to fight your charges is strongly recommended if you have been accused of any of the following in the West Palm Beach area:
Assault/Battery: Fla. Stat. §§ 784.03 & 784.011 – Assault and battery are two separate offenses in Florida that are often confused. Assault is defined as an intentional, unlawful threat through word or action to a person along with the offender’s apparently ability to follow through that creates a reasonable fear in that person that violence will occur. Battery is when the offender actually and intentionally strikes a person against his or her own will, or otherwise intentionally causes harm to a person.
Aggravated Assault/Battery: Fla. Stat. §§ 784.021 & 784.045 – Aggravated assault, better known as assault with a deadly weapon, is assault committed with a weapon like a gun or knife without the intent to kill or with the intent to commit a felony. Aggravated battery is battery committed with a deadly weapon or when the offender intentionally or knowingly caused great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement. It is also aggravated battery to commit battery on a person the offender knows or should know is pregnant.
Robbery: Fla. Stat. § 812.13 – Robbery is when a person uses force, violence, assault, or causes reasonable fear in order to deprive a person of money or other property for any amount of time. For robbery to occur, as opposed to other theft or larceny offenses, the money or other property must be taken directly from the victim’s custody.
Disorderly Conduct: Fla. Stat. § 877.03 – Also known as breach of the peace, disorderly conduct is when a person commits acts of a nature to corrupt public morals, outrages the sense of public decency, affects the peace and quiet of people around them, engages in brawling or fighting, or engages in such other conduct as to constitute a breach of the peace.
Resisting Arrest: Fla. Stat. §§ 843.01-843.02 – To resist arrest in Florida is to knowingly and willingly resist, obstruct, or oppose any law enforcement officer while he or she is arresting you in the course of his or her duties. An offense of resisting arrest can occur with or without violence, though the classification of the offense depends on whether or not violence is present.
Kidnapping: Fla. Stat. § 787.01 – Florida law defines kidnapping as when a person forcibly, secretly, or by threat confines, abducts, or imprisons without lawful authority another person against that person’s will with the intent to hold him or her as a hostage or for ransom, use him or her as a shield, commit or facilitate the commission of any felony, inflict bodily harm on him or her, terrorize him or her or another person, or interfere with the performance of any government or political function. Kidnapping is also the abduction under this definition of any child under 13 without the consent of the child’s parents.
The severity of the presumptive penalties for misdemeanor and felony violent crime charges provided for in Fla. Stat. §§ 775.082-775.083 depends on the nature and seriousness of the offense. Disorderly conduct and simple assault are second-degree misdemeanors punishable by up to 60 days in jail and/or up to a $500. Resisting arrest without violence and battery are both first-degree misdemeanors, which come with up to a year in jail and/or up to $1,000 in fines.
The third-degree felony violent crimes in Palm Beach County are resisting arrest with violence, aggravated assault, and felony battery. According to Fla. Stat. §§ 775.082-775.083, third-degree felonies in Florida are punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine. Aggravated battery and simple robbery are second-degree felonies that carry a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Armed robbery and kidnapping are both first-degree felonies, which usually come with a maximum of 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. However, statutes for both armed robbery and kidnapping specify a life sentence.
Kidnapping of a child under 13 with certain aggravating circumstances like child abuse or rape is a life felony, which in Florida has a maximum penalty of $15,000 in fines and life in prison. All violent crimes show up on background checks as the violent offense you committed, which could negatively impact your ability to become an employee, tenant, loan recipient, or other achieve another important status. First-degree misdemeanors must be reported on most Florida job applications, and felony convictions come with additional sanctions like the inability to apply for certain government aid and the loss of specific civil rights like owning a firearm.
All violent crime convictions, misdemeanor or felony, can have a significant impact on your future and likely come with a strong social stigma that could inhibit your life in other ways aside from the professional and legal realm. Working with an experienced and knowledgeable West Palm Beach violent crime defense attorney could be the difference in facing all of the consequences a Palm Beach County violent crime conviction comes with and achieving a more favorable outcome like dismissed or dropped charges.
FDLE Violent Crime and Drug Control Council – The state level governmental law enforcement agency for Florida is the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, or FDLE. Their website has useful information about crime such as statistics, what offenders should expect, and FAQs. Follow this link to the FDLE webpage about the Violent Crime and Drug Control Council, which assists local law enforcement agencies in funding for violent crime, major drug and money laundering investigations, and victim or witness protection and/or relocation efforts. The regional FDLE operations center is located at:Miami Regional Operations Center
1030 NW 111th Avenue
Miami, FL 33172
West Palm Beach Field Office: (561) 740-7010
Florida Department of Correction Victim Services – When a person becomes a victim due to a crime committed while the offender was an inmate or on parole, the Office of Community Corrections of the Florida DoC provides assistance. This includes crime compensation, release notification, and counseling. Click this link to visit the Victim Services page on the FDoC’s website.
National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC) – Providing tools like a connection directory for crime victim services providers and helpful bulletins on crime’s impact and the criminal justice process, the NCVC is a national organization committed to helping crime victims. Additionally, the NCVC aims to help all families, communities, and individuals who have been harmed and/or impacted by acts of violent crime.
Andrew D. Stine, P.A. | Violent Crime Defense Lawyer in Palm Beach County
If you have been arrested and charged on a violent crime like assault, battery, or robbery anywhere in Palm Beach County, including West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Greenacres, Jupiter, Lake Park, Lantana, North Palm Beach, Pahokee, Palm Beach, Palm Springs, and Tequesta, contact Andrew D. Stine, P.A. as soon as possible after your arrest.
Andrew Stine can immediately begin consulting with you on your violent crime case and build a detailed defense based on his 10 years of criminal defense experience that aims to achieve the favorable outcome you agree is best. Your first consultation with Andrew D. Stine, P.A. is free, so call 561.880.4300 today and schedule yours.