Violent Crimes

Jacksonville Violent Crimes Lawyer

We Serve Defendants Throughout Duval County

Being charged with a violent crime puts a defendant squarely in the crosshairs of the state of Florida. Our legal system prosecutes these offenses aggressively and punishes them severely. Defendants may be isolated by society, but they have the right to an aggressive legal defense. That’s what our Jacksonville violent crimes lawyer is here to provide. 

Schedule a free consultation by calling Monroe Law at (904) 507-6194 or by reaching out here online. We offer video conferencing for your convenience.

The Definition of Violent Crimes

It’s important to emphasize that it is not necessary to physically strike or hurt another person to be charged with a violent crime. The simple threat of force is sufficient under the law for a District Attorney to bring charges. Hence, weapons offenses and the making of threats can be considered acts of violence. The violent crime definition also covers allegations of vehicular homicide. 

There are a lot of different allegations that can be considered violent, from rape to kidnapping to assault and all the way up to murder. In the latter case, first-degree murder convictions are a capital crime in the state of Florida. 

It’s possible that a violent crime might be charged as a misdemeanor offense—although even misdemeanors can bring up to a year behind bars. It’s more likely, though, that a violent crime will be charged as a felony. 

The state of Florida has five different felony classifications: 

  • 3rd Degree: Even the lowest rung of the felony ladder can still result in a five-year prison sentence. 
  • 2nd Degree: Assault with a deadly weapon is one example here, and it may result in 15 years behind bars. 
  • 1st Degree: Armed robbery is just one of several 1st-degree felonies punishable by a 30-year jail term. 
  • Life: The “life felony” might apply when an adult is charged with sexual misconduct with a child under the age of 12. A conviction can, as the name of the felony implies, result in life imprisonment.
  • Capital: A capital crime conviction doesn’t always result in the death penalty, but it will at least end with life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

The stakes are exceptionally high for those charged with these offenses. They need to know their Jacksonville violent crimes attorney has a track record of success. While a past track record can’t guarantee the outcome of any particular case, the people who come to Monroe Law can take comfort in the fact that D. Scott Monroe, Esq is undefeated at trial. 

Common Mistakes People Make When Charged with Violent Crimes

Facing a violent crime charge is an incredibly stressful and complex situation, often leading to mistakes that can negatively impact the outcome of the case.

  • One of the most common mistakes is speaking to law enforcement without an attorney present. Many individuals believe they can explain their way out of the situation, but anything said can be used against them later in court.
  • Another error is delaying the hiring of an experienced defense lawyer. Time is of the essence in criminal cases, and waiting too long can result in missed opportunities to gather crucial evidence or secure favorable witness testimonies.
  • Additionally, some defendants underestimate the severity of the charges and think they can handle it themselves or rely on public defenders who are often overburdened.
  • Lastly, posting on social media about the case or aspects of their personal life can also inadvertently provide evidence that could be detrimental to their defense.

How a Jacksonville Violent Crimes Attorney Can Help

A seasoned Jacksonville violent crimes attorney can help defendants avoid these common pitfalls and secure the best possible outcome for their case.

First and foremost, an attorney ensures that the defendant’s rights are protected from the moment they are contacted by law enforcement. They provide the critical guidance needed to navigate interactions with investigators without incriminating themselves.

Additionally, an experienced lawyer will act swiftly to build a strong defense strategy, leveraging their knowledge of the legal system, prosecutorial tactics, and evidence rules to the defendant’s advantage. By thoroughly investigating the case, questioning the legality of evidence, and consulting with experts when necessary, a defense attorney can cast doubt on the prosecution's narrative.

Moreover, they can advise on what not to share on social media or public forums to prevent self-incrimination. Through these comprehensive measures, a Jacksonville violent crimes lawyer like those who practice at Monroe Law, P.A. can significantly bolster the chances of a favorable verdict or reduced sentencing.

Possible Defenses in Violent Crime Cases

The ultimate defense strategy chosen will depend on the unique circumstances of each case, but there are some general approaches that are common in violent crime cases: 

  • Self-Defense: We all have the right to defend ourselves. What the prosecution might claim is battery or a weapons offense might have been our client seeking to defend their own life or that of their family. 
  • Misunderstandings: For cases where the charges involve threats, it’s possible that the defendants’ words or motives were misunderstood. Most people who, in a state of anger, say, “I’ll kill you,” aren’t threatening murder or even violence. 
  • Innocence: The above two defenses imply that at least something happened, and the defendant doesn’t dispute the basic facts of the case. But what if the defendant has been falsely accused? Unfortunately, this does happen, and people need to know that their Jacksonville violent crimes lawyer will stand with them. 

Get the Legal Defense You Need

D. Scott Monroe, Esq has been honored as one of the Top 100 trial lawyers in the country by no less an authority than the National Trial Lawyers Association. He has wide-ranging experience in the criminal justice system, from working as a prosecutor to a long career as a successful criminal defense lawyer. Attorney Monroe knows the system and knows how to fight for his clients. 

Call Monroe Law today at (904) 507-6194.

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