The Status of Florida Violent Crimes
When there is an intentional threat or attempt to inflict, or infliction of physical harm against a person, or damage to property, it is considered a violent crime. These crimes are considered quite serious due to the damage that they can cause, and Florida prosecutes violent crimes fully under the law. A conviction for such crimes can result in death penalty or long jail terms, and a permanent criminal record, which limits certain rights of the individual, and adversely affects employment opportunities.
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Types of Violent Crimes in Florida
The term violent crime covers a broad spectrum of intentional violent activity. Here are different types of violent crimes that commonly occur in Florida.
Assault/Aggravated Assault: Under Florida law, assault is defined as any intentional and unlawful act aimed at threatening or inflicting violence, and having the ability or apparent ability to carry out the act. The harm can also be caused by mere words without any physical action involved. Aggravated assault will include the use of deadly weapon, without intention of killing the person, or with the intent of committing a felony.
Battery: Intentionally touching a person, who is not willing to be touched, is considered battery. This can include pinching or striking the other person, or committing any sexual act without the consent of the other person.
Robbery: This crime is committed by taking over the property or money of another person by using violence, force, assault, or by causing some fear.
Kidnapping: This offense is defined as confining, imprisoning, or abducting someone against his or her will, by using force, threat, or misrepresentation of some authority.
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Domestic Violence: This is violent crime committed against a person who is a family member, anybody staying in the household, or a person in dating relationship. Domestic Violence in Broward County can include battery or assault on spouse, and child abuse, which is inflicting trauma or injuries to a child by the parent or legal guardian.
Homicide: Killing another human being unlawfully is homicide, and is considered the most violent crime. Depending on the case, the offense is further categorized as first degree murder, second degree murder, or manslaughter. Offense of manslaughter is again categorized by culpable negligence, by procurement and by act.
Planning or Conspiracy: The act of planning or conspiring to commit a violent crime is also punishable offence, even though the actual crime may not have been committed.
Prosecution and Defense
For proving the defendant guilty, the prosecution will present witnesses to the crime, use expert testimony, and other available evidence. The prosecution will try to prove that the act was committed intentionally, and to cause harm, and will ask for the appropriate penalty fitting the crime. The defense will either refute the prosecution witness testimonies, or present their own witnesses to establish that the crime was not committed or the penalty being pursued is not in accordance with the crime.
Penalties and Punishment
Florida has the death penalty, which is awarded for first-degree murder charges. Other violent crimes are punishable by lifetime sentences or imprisonment lasting over 30 years. Apart from homicide, charges of sexual battery and child abuse are treated very seriously and awarded strict punishments. In the case of sexual battery, apart from long imprisonment, the offender’s name is included in the register of sexual offenders, which will limit the places where they can stay and work, after they have served their sentence.
Violent Crimes in Florida
The rate of violent crimes in Florida was significantly more, compared to the average crime rate in United States per 100,000 population. However, since 1999 there has been a notable dip in the violent crime rate. Most experts attribute this dip, to mandatory minimum sentencing for many felony convictions since 1999, which came to be known as the 10-20-Life law.