St. Petersburg Violent Crimes Lawyer
Professional Representation for Serious Charges in Pinellas County
Violent crimes are among the most serious offenses and carry severe penalties if you are convicted. Depending on the charge, you could be facing jail or prison time, large fines, and other penalties, as well as a permanent criminal record. The St. Petersburg violent crimes attorney at McNulty Parker Law, PLLC has extensive experience representing clients who are accused of violent offenses.
Florida Misdemeanor & Felony Battery Crimes
Florida statutes define battery as an act that occurs when a person actually and intentionally touches or strikes another person against the will of the other; or intentionally causes bodily harm to another person. Depending on the circumstances, battery may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. The penalties for a misdemeanor charge include up to a year in jail, probation, and a fine of up to $1,000. Felony charges carry longer sentences and larger fines.
Anita has defended clients in a wide variety of battery cases, including:
- Felony battery
- Aggravated battery
- Aggravated battery with a deadly weapon
- Aggravated battery with a firearm
- Aggravated battery on a pregnant female
- Aggravated battery on a person over the age of 65
- Battery on a law enforcement officer
If you have been charged with felony battery, it is vital to speak with a St. Petersburg violent crimes lawyer who has defended these charges in court. There is usually always more to the story than what the State presents in court. You need a St. Petersburg violent crimes attorney on your side who will take the time to listen to the facts of your case and present the facts most favorable to you in court.
Defenses to Battery Charges in Florida
Possible defense strategies for battery charges include self-defense, acting in defense of another person, a lack of intent, or a lack of evidence to support the charges. In many situations, a battery occurs as a result of a person defending themselves, another person, or their own property. Under Florida Law, a person is justified in the use of non-deadly force where the person reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to defend himself or herself or another against another’s imminent use of unlawful force.
The law views the use of deadly force as justified when the individual reasonably believes that using or threatening to use force is necessary to prevent great bodily harm to themselves or another, or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony. If you have been arrested or charged with a battery charge and believe that your actions were justified, contact Anita today to develop a defense strategy designed for you and your set of circumstances.
A conviction for a battery charge, whether misdemeanor or felony, can have detrimental effects on your life and your future. Anita has handled hundreds of battery cases in her career and understands how to effectively evaluate your case and defend you in court.
Resisting an Officer with Violence
Have you been accused of resisting an officer with violence? Resisting an Officer with Violence is considered a third-degree felony under Florida law and carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison or a 5-year probationary sentence and a $5,000 fine.
The State must prove four elements beyond and to the exclusion of reasonable doubt:
- The defendant knowingly and willfully resisted, obstructed, or opposed the alleged victim by offering to do violence or doing violence to the alleged victim.
- The officer was engaged in the execution of a legal process or the lawful execution of a legal duty.
- The victim was an officer or person legally authorized to execute legal process
- The defendant knew the alleged victim was an officer or legally authorized to execute legal process
There are a few possible defenses to this charge. For example, Anita may argue than an officer was not engaged in the execution of a legal duty or you were not aware that the alleged victim was a law enforcement officer.
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