lakeland violent crimes attorneys
Violent crimes the most serious charges you can face. If you are facing a criminal charge that is considered a violent crime, you have probably been quite stigmatized by your community, and maybe even your loved ones. It probably seems like everyone has already turned against you. You need a lawyer that will stand beside you, defend your rights, and aggressively defend you.
It is important to remember that you have certain Constitutional rights. You have the right to remain silent. It is important that you do not talk to anyone, first and foremost law enforcement, about your charges. If law enforcement contacts you, do not talk to them without an attorney present. You have the right to an attorney. You have the right to a trial, to confront witnesses against you, and present your own witnesses. At Heather Bryan Law, we will aggressively make sure your rights are protected.
Assault - A person, by word or act, makes an intentional threat to commit violence towards another person, has the apparent ability to carry out the threat, and does some act which creates a well-founded fear in the other person that such violence is imminent. Simple assault is second degree misdemeanor, with penalties of up to 60 days in jail or 6 months probation, and a $500.00 fine. There are defenses to assault, including: self-defense, defense of others, defense of property, false allegations, and provocation.
Aggravated Assault - An enhanced type of assault charge involving either the use of a deadly weapon or an intent to commit a felony. Aggravated Assault is a third degree felony, with penalties of up to 5 years in prison or 5 years probation, and a $5,000.00 fine.
Battery - Any actual and intentional touching or striking of another person against that person’s will, or the intentional causing of bodily harm to another person. Simple battery is a first degree misdemeanor and penalties can include up to a year in jail, or a probationary sentence not to exceed one year. Defenses can include: self defense, defense of property, consent, mutual combat, accidental touching, and lack of evidence.
Felony Battery - Is committed where a defendant actually and intentionally strikes a person, without their consent and, in doing so, causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement to the alleged victim. Felony Battery is a third degree felony and if convicted a person may be sentenced up to five years in prison or five years of probation, and may be assessed fines of up $5,000.00. Felony battery can be enhanced even further making the penalties even harsher with charges such as felony battery by strangulation, battery with a weapon, battery on a law enforcement officer, or even sexual battery.
If you have been charged with a violent crime, you need an attorney who will fight to protect your rights and aggressively defend your case. Attorney Heather Bryan will stand beside you through all stages of your case and look at all possible defenses, from possible ways to get the charges dismissed to plea negotiations, to a jury trial. Contact Attorney Heather Bryan today for your free and confidential consultation, at 863-825-5309.