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Violent Offenses 

Crimes of violence are aggressively prosecuted in Melbourne and throughout Brevard County, Florida. These types of offenses can be classified as misdemeanors or felonies, depending on whether the alleged incident involved a weapon or resulted in any serious bodily injury.

Regardless of the classification of the offense, a conviction for any violent crime can result in serious penalties that may include lengthy imprisonment and heavy fines. Any person who has been charged with committing a crime of violence needs to immediately seek legal representation in order to protect his or her rights and future.

Melbourne Florida Violent Offenses Lawyer

Were you arrested in Brevard County or the surrounding areas in the state of Florida for allegedly committing a violent crime? You should contact an experienced Florida criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

The Law Offices of James B. Coulter defends clients all over the greater Melbourne Florida area as well as tourists and residents of other states who were arrested for alleged violent crimes while in Florida. Our firm can review your case and discuss your legal options when you call (321) 586-9944 to schedule a free, confidential consultation or come to our Melbourne office to meet with Attorney James Coulter. 


Overview of Violent Offenses in Florida


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Types of Brevard County Violent Offenses

There are multiple crimes of violence listed in Title XLVI of the Florida Statutes. A few examples of these kinds of offenses that are often times prosecuted in Melbourne Florida and the surrounding areas of Brevard County Florida include:

  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Aggravated Assault / Battery
  • Robbery
  • Carjacking
  • Kidnapping / False Imprisonment
  • Rape
  • Manslaughter / Homicide
  • Attempted Murder

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Florida Violent Offense Penalties

Many classifications for violent crimes are aggravated by the use of a firearm or other weapon as well as whether an alleged victim suffered any serious bodily injury. Depending on the specific charges a person faces, the possible consequences of a conviction may include:

  • Second-Degree Misdemeanor — Up to 60 days in jail and $500 maximum fine
  • First-Degree Misdemeanor — Up to one year in jail and $1,000 maximum fine
  • Third-Degree Felony — Up to five years in prison and $5,000 maximum fine
  • Second-Degree Felony — Up to 15 years in prison and $10,000 maximum fine
  • First-Degree Felony — Up to 30 years in prison and $10,000 maximum fine
  • Life Felony — Up to life in prison and $15,000 maximum fine
  • Capital Felony — Punishable by death penalty

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Melbourne Tourists or resident Accused of Violent Offenses

It is not unheard of for an alleged offender to face criminal charges as a result of a misunderstanding. In some cases, the victim of an assault, battery, or some other type of alleged violent crime may say that he or she wants the charges dropped.

If you were charged with one of these types of offenses while on vacation or visiting the Melbourne area and the alleged victim has said that he or she does not want to pursue criminal charges, you should not assume that this means your case is over. Alleged victims are not the people in charge of making prosecutorial decisions, and it is entirely possible that the State Attorney could still proceed without the alleged victim’s cooperation.

There can be very severe consequences for failure to appear in court when required, regardless of whether you are a  Melbourne Florida resident, a Brevard County resident, a resident of the greater state of Florida or just a visitor. It is in your best interest to contact a Florida criminal defense lawyer our of Melbourne and Brevard County, Florida who can negotiate with prosecutors and work towards a favorable outcome to your case.


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Florida Violent Offenses Resources

Florida Department of Corrections Victim Services – This office assists victims of violent crimes by providing referral services for specific needs such as counseling, support groups, crimes compensation, and crisis intervention. On this website, you can find information about Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) services, victims’ rights, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Violent Crime and Drug Control Council — This council is comprised of 14 members and meets twice a year to make recommendations on the development and implementation of initiatives to combat violent crime and other criminal matters. You can find more information about what the council does on this website, as well as links to criminal history records, endangered persons, and wanted persons.

Florida Office of the Attorney General Crime Victims’ Services — On this website, you can find the Crime Victims' Bill of Rights as well as crime victims’ services resources such as the victim compensation brochure. There is also information about what the Florida law provides, victims’ rights in court and clemency proceedings, and annual reports.


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Find A Violent Offenses Lawyer in Melbourne

Have you been charged with any sort of violent crime in Brevard County? James Coulter is a skilled criminal defense attorney who has an extensive background handling these types of cases.

The Law Offices of James B. Coulter fights to defend clients throughout Melbourne, Viera, Rockledge, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral, Indialantic Beach, Melbourne Beach, West Melbourne, Melbourne Village, Satellite Beach, and Titusville, and all of the state of Florida but our firm also helps people who were arrested for these alleged offenses while on vacation or visiting the Sunshine State. Call (321) 586-9944 today to receive a free consultation that will let us review your case and see how we can help.

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