The laws regarding violent crimes are extensive and strict, providing harsh penalties and sentencing standards. When a crime is “violent,” law enforcement and prosecutors often double up on their efforts and push harder for convictions with stronger sentences. So, if you or a loved one has recently been accused of a violent crime, you need a powerful defense. The violent crimes lawyers in Bradenton at Goldman Wetzel can help.
We represent people accused of all types of crimes, including violent offenses such as domestic violence, murder, and manslaughter. Secure our attorneys at your first opportunity so we can explain your legal options, protect your rights, and begin working on a defense strategy as soon as possible. Contact our office at 941-405-5193 for a free consult today.
When Does Florida Define a Crime as “Violent”?
A violent crime does not necessarily have to involve actual injury to another. Even the mere threat of harm can constitute a violent offense.
In Florida, the term “violent crime” covers a spectrum of offenses, from assault to home invasion. If the act was intentional and aggressive, and the aggressor attempted to inflict, threatened to inflict, or successfully inflicted physical harm, the state will categorize the crime as violent. And, if the state convicts the defendant, it will label him a “violent offender.”
What Types of Violent Crimes Does Goldman Wetzel Defend?
Attorneys Goldman and Wetzel have over 30 years of combined experience with a long, successful case history. Our past work includes both prosecution and defense, so we understand how both sides operate. Our passion is to help and advocate for those who have been accused of crimes. We walk our clients through the impersonal, confusing criminal justice system and ensure the authorities uphold their rights.
Our firm accepts misdemeanor, felony, and capital felony cases with state and/or federal jurisdiction. Some of the violent crime cases we can facilitate include the following:
- Assault and battery
- Aggravated battery (e.g., shooting someone) and aggravated assault (e.g., pointing a gun at someone)
- Homicide, i.e., murder, manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter
- Violent sex crimes such as sexual battery
- Robbery and arson
- Child abuseand kidnapping
- Hate crimes
- Terrorist crimes, e.g., unlawful throwing, placing, or discharging of a destructive device or bomb
What Are the Penalties for Violent Offenses in Florida?
Penalties for violent crimes often include substantial time behind bars. When we work on cases of this nature that do not result in dismissal, we often try to reduce the enormity of the penalties by identifying any mitigating circumstances or by negotiating a plea bargain for lesser charges.
Sentencing for violent crimes depends on several factors, including the nature of the crime and the presence of aggravating factors, such as the age of the victim or the defendant’s criminal history. Some of the potential penalties you may face include:
Note: If you have a history of violent offenses and meet Florida’s definition of “habitual felony offender” or a “violent career criminal” as per Florida Statute § 775.084, penalties will escalate considerably. Because your entire future is at stake, enlist the help of our violent crimes lawyers as soon as possible so we can jump into action and begin crafting a strong defense.
How Can Goldman Wetzel Help?
No matter what stage of the process you are in — the beginning of the investigation, immediately after an arrest, or even midway through your case — Goldman Wetzel can help. Of course, the sooner you put us on the case, the more time we will have to compile evidence, speak to experts and witnesses, gather character testimonies, and look for holes in the state’s case.
Our team of seasoned attorneys works together on each case we take on, giving you greater support and defense. And because our team has experience on both sides of the justice system, we understand the intensive, complex nature of violent crime cases and how strong your defense must be when going up against the formidable prosecution team.
From the moment you retain us, we will start stockpiling information and working for your best interests. We will provide the counsel and representation you need and stand by you during the entire process, from the arrest and preliminary hearings to plea bargaining or trial.
What Do I Do If I Have Been Arrested for a Violent Crime?
If you have been arrested for a violent crime:
- Tell the officer you wish to have your attorney present.
- Call Goldman Wetzel (941-405-5193) to talk to a violent crimes attorney straightaway.
- Explain your circumstances to us and ask any questions you would like.
- We will summarize your options and tell you how to retain us, so we can begin working.
- Attorneys Goldman and Wetzel will investigate the facts, gather evidence, and begin strategizing.
- We will ask for your input as we develop your defense and keep you abreast of the status of your case.
- We will attend the hearings with you and continue taking whatever steps necessary to obtain the best possible outcome on your behalf.
There are also a few things you should NOT do if you are in the midst of a violent crime investigation or have been indicted. First, do not speak to any investigators about your case without an attorney present, even if they promise to help you if you do. Also, do not speak to others about your case or the alleged incident, or take to social media. There really is no such thing as privacy anymore and the prosecution can use anything you put out there against you.
Speak to Our Tough Violent Crimes Lawyers in Bradenton Today.
Our aggressive team of criminal defense attorneys is one of the best weapons you can have when you must fight serious charges. If you have been accused of a violent crime in Bradenton, contact Goldman Wetzel at 941-405-5193 for a free consultation.