Tampa Violent Crime Attorney
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), there are only four types of offenses that fall under the category of violent crimes. These four offenses are forcible rape, aggravated assault, robbery, and nonnegligent manslaughter and murder. All of these crimes involve force or the threat of force. Kidnapping can also be included in this list because force or threat of force is used. Certain types of extortion may also fall under the category of violent crime as well. While on the decline, there are still well over one million reported violent crimes within the U.S. each year, though many are never reported. Domestic violence, one of the most prevalent types of violent crime, is drastically underreported, as is physical elder abuse. Due to the seriousness of all violent crimes, the justice system does not take any chances when it has the opportunity to prosecute an individual for a violent criminal act. Contact the Clearwater law office of Roman & Roman today to speak with one of our Tampa violent crimes attorney.
Murder and Kidnapping
There are various levels of murder, which is defined as the unlawful killing of another human being. First degree murder, which the court must prove was planned and premeditated, is a capital murder or capital felony, and is punishable in Florida by life in prison or the death sentence, according to Florida statutes 782.04. Second degree murder, a killing without premeditation, is a first degree felony, while third degree murder is a second degree felony. With the help of an experienced defense attorney, you can seek lower sentencing by fighting allegations that a death that you caused was premeditative. If you are being accused of a premeditated murder, depending on the situation, we may, for example, argue that it was a murder of passion, which is a second degree murder as opposed to first degree, or that that the act was entirely in self defense.
According to Florida statutes 787.01, kidnapping is “forcibly, secretly, or by threat confining, abducting, or imprisoning another person against her or his will and without lawful authority.” The intent of the kidnapping must be one or more of the following:
- To hold the person as a shield, as a hostage, or for a ransom or reward;
- To facilitate commission of a felony;
- To cause bodily harm or terrorize the kidnapped victim, or any other person; or
- To disturb the performance of the government or political function.
Kidnapping is also defined as the “confinement of a child under the age of 13…against her or his will…if such confinement is without the consent of her or his parent or legal guardian.” Kidnapping, like second degree murder, is a first degree felony, and can often be accompanied with other charges.
The penalties are severe for all violent crimes and the prosecution will bring incredible fire power during their days in court, which is why hiring only the most experienced, aggressive, and determined legal defense team will save you from unnecessary punishment. We fight all allegations of violent crime, including robbery, kidnapping, murder, and assault. Call the Tampa law offices of Roman & Roman today at 877-767-1032 to speak with one of our Tampa Violent Crimes Defense Attorneys.