Violent crimes such as assault and battery are considerably different from a criminal defense standpoint and in comparison to other crime types. Acts of violence against another raises emotional issues in both jurors and presiding judges. At the same time, Florida law with regard to lower-level battery offenses has been criticized as being far too lenient.
According to criminal defense attorney William Moore, there seems to be a contradiction when it comes to our perception and understanding of violence. Americans have always glamorized the one-on-one fistfight. At the same time most are appalled by acts of aggression that are specifically aimed at another.
Self-defense is the most common and most effective defense provided it is both implemented correctly and believable by the trier of fact. A decent self-defense argument by a credible defendant will win every time. This is both an exciting and challenging area of criminal defense. Unfortunately, in some circumstances it can also be quite troubling.
Our criminal justice system in Florida divides violent offenses into many subcategories based on the nature of the act, whether a weapon was used, injury to the parties and relationship to the parties.
Lower level battery offenses carry little to no exposure by way of penalty. Simple assault and simple battery are each misdemeanors under Florida law commanding little more than probation in most circumstances. Aggravating factors such as injury to the victim significantly enhance penalties, however. According to Moore, there is a wide gap between low-level misdemeanor violent offenses and acts of aggression that result in injury, involved the use of weapons or were aimed at family members such as in domestic violence cases.
Attorney William Moore is available to discuss this article and its accompanying lecture video by contacting him directly at the phone number and address below there are some colorful folks around here aren’t there
William Ryan Moore 1 Financial Plaza, Suite 2500, Fort Lauderdale FL , 33394 – 954-523-5333
William Moore Criminal Defense, 721 SE 13th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 – (954) 656-6229.