Florida defendants face harsh penalties when charged with violent crimes. Potential penalties include substantial time behind bars, hefty fines, loss of rights, and a permanently stained criminal record. Certain crimes mean decades behind bars and the most serious of violent crimes can mean the death penalty.
Because of the gravity of violent offenses and the severity of the penalties, defendants must obtain legal counsel at their first opportunity. You need a trusted team of violent crimes lawyers in Sarasota that will protect your rights and craft a strong defense strategy.
If you have been arrested for a violent crime in Sarasota, contact our team at Goldman Wetzel for immediate assistance. Our team of aggressive, highly qualified attorneys will spring into action and get to work on your case. Call 941-405-5193 to speak to someone about your situation.
How Does Florida Define a “Violent Crime”?
For statutory reference, Florida designates crimes as either violent or non-violent. The Florida Department of Corrections provides: “A crime is defined as violent if the crime involves actual or the threat of physical harm to a person or the crime has a reasonable probability of causing unintended physical harm or physical threat of harm to a person.”
Our firm represents people who have been charged with various types of crimes, including those considered violent. Maribeth Wetzel is a career criminal trial attorney and Summer Goldman is a former prosecutor, giving our team a well-rounded background and insight into how both sides of the courtroom function. They have the resolve, wit, and methodologies to represent clients facing even the toughest charges.
Below are a few examples of violent crime cases we accept:
- Assault and battery
- Aggravated assault
- Aggravated battery
- Rape (Sexual battery)
- Child abuse
How Can the Defense Attorneys at Goldman Wetzel Help?
With your freedom on the line, you want to put your case in the hands of a team that will invest the time and resources to give you the effective defense you need.
We are committed to providing top quality representation and legal defense for each of our clients. When you work with us, we will:
- Listen to your side of the story in full confidence and with zero judgment
- Help you understand the charges being brought against you
- Gather information and evidence
- Scrutinize the state’s reports and evidence for potential errors or tampering
- Explain your defense options to you
- Look for holes, inconsistencies, and weaknesses in the prosecutor’s case
- Represent you at all your hearings
- Consult experts to obtain testimony favorable to your case
Our overarching objective is to secure the best possible outcome for you. In some cases, we can bring evidence to light early on and prevent the state from filing formal charges altogether. When that is not practical, we can work towards other solutions, such as a plea bargain, lesser charges, a reduction of penalties, or an acquittal.
I Was Arrested for a Violent Crime in Sarasota. What Do I Do Now?
You cannot afford to stick your head in the sand or allow chance to decide your next move. Exercise your right to legal counsel straightaway.
Step 1: Call a violent crimes lawyer at Goldman Wetzel: 941-405-5193. The initial call is free. After going over your charges and asking a few basic questions about your case, we will explain if and how we may be able to help you.
Step 2: Next, we will review our fees and payment options, and explain how to retain us.
Step 3: Once we have come to an agreement, attorneys Goldman and Wetzel will conduct a meeting and discuss your case. We will make a plan of action and get to work on the necessary tasks, e.g., reviewing evidence, talking to the prosecutor’s office, obtaining witnesses, drafting motions, etc.
Step 4: We will keep you informed about the status of your case and contact you when there are new developments. We will make sure you are prepared for any scheduled hearings, help you exercise your rights, and be your legal advisors throughout the entire criminal process.
What Are the Penalties for Violent Crimes in Florida?
Numerous factors affect the severity of the penalties you may face for a violent offense. What offense did the state charge you with? Is it a third-, second-, or first-degree felony offense? Was there a firearm involved? Was the alleged victim a minor, a disabled person, or an officer? Do you have a lengthy criminal record? These are just some of the things that influence your case.
- Third-degree felonies mean up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine;
- Second-degree felonies mean up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine; and
- First-degree felonies mean up to 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Regardless of the offense, if you are charged with a violent crime in Florida, you need a strong legal defense. Arm yourself with a qualified defense team who will put in the work and advocate on your behalf. Call Goldman Wetzel today for a free case evaluation.
Let Goldman Wetzel’s Violent Crimes Lawyers Protect Your Future.
Your future and freedom are on the line. There are numerous defenses, both affirmative and negative, that we may be able to use to benefit you.
This might include:
- False or exaggerated accusations
- Defense of others
- Mistaken identity
Let our team create a personalized strategy that holds the most promise of a favorable outcome.
Contact Goldman Wetzel today at 941-405-5193 and request a consultation with a violent crimes lawyer in Sarasota.