Violent Crimes Attorney in Orlando, Florida
Defense for Violent Offenses & Forcible Felonies
By definition, a Violent Crime is any criminal offense, which involves the use of, or even the threat of force or violence. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) states that Violent Crimes include crimes such as:
Violent crimes can range in severity from a misdemeanor offense all the way up to a Life Felony. The immediate impact of being charged with such an offense in Orlando is it can turn your life upside down as it may result in a no-contact provision and/or possibly keep you from returning to your own home; or worse yet, keep you incarcerated with no bond. The long-term impact of a violent offense is it may result in you being labeled as a Violent Felony Offender of Special Concern pursuant to Florida's Anti-Murder Act.
What Being Labeled a “Violent Felony Offender of Special Concern” Really Means
This designation has been an effect of the Florida Anti-Murder Act since 2007. It is intended to mark an individual as a danger to the community, and it is applied to those in jail accused of a violent act. Your criminal history can influence whether or not you receive this label.
Being a Violent Felony Offender of Special Concern, or VFOSC, primarily means that there are tight restrictions on when you can receive bond or bail, and it’s intended to keep you in jail for as long as it is deemed necessary–until your case is resolved. Your sentencing as a VFOSC may also be harsher, and it can also make gainful employment afterward nearly impossible.
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The 10-20-Life Law
The 10-20-Life law is at the root of the saying, “Use a gun, and you’re done.” It refers to minimum sentencing for use of a firearm during a forcible felony. The rules are as follows:
10-year sentence at least for producing a firearm
20-year sentence for firing the gun
25-year to life sentence for shooting someone
For felony or first-degree murder, the maximum penalty is death.
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If you are faced with a charge for a violent crime in Orlando, it is imperative that you seek competent and quality legal representation. The possible penalties can be severe, but quality legal representation can make the difference.
We make a promise to help:
Limit or eliminate probation or jail time
Avoid the designation of a VFOSC label
Represent you in court should the case go to trial
Gather the most comprehensive evidence possible
Fully protect your rights
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