Miami Violent Crimes Attorneys
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Miami violent crimes defense attorney E.J. Hubbs and the criminal lawyers at Hubbs Law Firm are well-versed in the aggressive prosecution of violent crimes in Miami-Dade County. Florida's population has exploded to more than 20 million, third in the U.S. behind California and Texas. With the surge in residents, violent crime in Florida remains a concern, despite a slight drop in the number of violent crimes per capita in recent years.
According to the most recent FBI Unified Crime Reporting (UCR) statistics, more than 1.2 million violent crimes were committed in the U.S. in 2011. Of those, 98,199 occurred in Florida, with about 7 percent of them (6,913) in Miami-Dade County, the state's most populous county. Violent crimes include murder, non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
Aggravated assault, a violation of Section 784.021 of the Florida Statutes, accounts for two-thirds of all violent crimes in the Miami area. The penalties imposed for convictions of violent crimes can be severe, including imprisonment and expensive fines, as well as other adverse consequences.
Why You Need an Attorney for Your Case
If you were arrested for a violent crime under § 784 or any other section of the Florida Statutes, it is important that you consult with a Miami violent crime defense attorney as soon as possible to discuss your case.
A knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer will be able to explain the charges and potential penalties you are facing, as well as discuss possible defenses against the charges. Florida law is complicated and nuanced, and prosecutors often seek the most severe penalties, so hiring an experienced attorney to represent you in defense of violent crime charges is crucial.
Hubbs Law Firm is experienced in defending people who are accused of domestic violence in Miami and the surrounding areas of Miami-Dade County, including Hialeah, Miami Gardens, Miami Beach, Kendall, Homestead, Doral, North Miami and South Miami, as well as other cities and communities in the Greater Miami area.
E.J. Hubbs is Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law by the Florida Bar, which means he has passed the highest level of evaluation for Bar lawyers. Board certification attests to competency and experience within an area of law, as well as professionalism and ethics in practice.
Contact Hubbs Law Firm at (305) 570-4802 right away to speak with an insightful criminal defense lawyer who will not only explain the charges and penalties you face, but who will also listen to you carefully and discuss possible defenses to the crime you are accused of committing. Your initial consultation is free.
Call us today at (305) 570-4802 to schedule an appointment to meet with our attorney.
Assault, Battery & Other Violent Crime Charges
If a person threatens violence or acts violently toward another person, a criminal charge may be filed, resulting in an arrest. The charges and penalties are often upgraded if a weapon is used or the victim suffered an injury.
Attorney E.J. Hubbs is experienced in defending people accused of any number of violent crimes, including:
- Aggravated assault
- Aggravated assault with a firearm
- Aggravated battery
- Felony battery
It is important to remember that prosecutors from the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's office often file the most serious charges against a person accused of a violent crime. This is a good idea with truly violent criminals, if the defendant is truly violent and a threat to others. In many cases, though, a simple altercation is blown out of proportion and serious charges result.
Simple assault or battery is considered a misdemeanor in Florida, but if great bodily harm occurs or a weapon is used, the charge may be elevated to aggravated assault or aggravated battery. These are two serious felonies which should prompt legal assistance.
A qualified criminal defense attorney will be able to rely on experience to assess the landscape of a case and devise a strategy designed to fight for the best possible outcome.
The "Castle Doctrine" & "Stand Your Ground"
Florida enacted the Castle Doctrine in 2005, which declares that a person has no duty to retreat from his or her home or dwelling if he or she is attacked. The Castle Doctrine (Florida Statutes, § 776.013) includes the controversial provision known as the stand-your-ground law, which expanded the law. This provision declares that there is no duty to retreat in any public place, including a vehicle, if the person is not engaged in criminal activity and is in a place where he or she has a right to be.
These laws may sometimes be used as a valid defense when a person is accused of a violent crime but claims he or she acted in self-defense. According to F.S. § 776.012(1), a person is justified in using force against another when that person reasonably believes that such force is necessary to defend himself or herself against the imminent use of unlawful force by someone else. A person has no duty to retreat prior to using such force under this law.
Additionally, F.S. § 776.012(2) declares that a person is justified in using deadly force if he or she reasonable believes that using such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony. Under this law, a person who uses deadly force also has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground so long as he or she is not engaged in a criminal activity and is in a place where he or she has a right to be.
The stand-your-ground law may be a valid defense in a violent crime case when self-defense is claimed. In fact, a person who claims self-defense may file a motion to dismiss based on statutory immunity before trial, which may lead to a dismissal before the trial. When self-defense is claimed, an experienced attorney will be able to determine eligibility for a motion to dismiss based on the stand-your-ground law after a thorough examination of the facts of the case.
Our Firm Is Ready to Fight for You
If you were charged with a violent crime, such as aggravated assault or aggravated battery or any other violent crime anywhere in Miami, Florida or Miami-Dade County, FL, you need to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss the circumstances of your case.
At Hubbs Law Firm, we defend the rights of clients charged with violent crimes in Miami or Miami-Dade County, including Miami Beach, Hialeah, Miami Gardens, North Miami, South Miami, Pinecrest, Kendall, Homestead, and everywhere else throughout Miami-Dade County.
We will listen to you, explain the charges and potential penalties in plain language, and talk about possible defenses for the charges that have been filed against you.
Call Hubbs Law Firm today at (305) 570-4802 to schedule a free initial appointment with our Miami violent crime defense attorneys.
- Violent Crime in the U.S. — FBI Uniform Crime Reports — Visit the website of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to find information from the FBI's Unified Crime Reporting (UCR) program about violent crime in the U.S. in 2011, the latest year for which full statistics are available. The site categorizes violent crimes into murder, non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Information about property crimes, burglaries, larcenies/thefts, motor vehicle thefts and arson are also provided among the two dozen tables that can be viewed. Table 5 provides violent crime information about all 50 states, while Table 10 lists data for each of Florida's 67 counties.