Violent Crimes

Violent crimes are those that involve the use or threat of force onto another person. They do not always have to involve the use of a weapon, such as a gun or knife, to be classified as violent. Resulting in extreme harm to victims (including death), violent crimes are punished severely within the state of Florida. To ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive fair representation, you should consult an experienced criminal attorney immediately.

Types of Violent Crimes in Florida

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated assault is a serious physical attack on a victim that is performed with the intent to kill, rob, or rape. Many cases of aggravated assault are performed with a deadly weapon. Aggravated assault is considered a felony.


Arson is classified as the malicious burning of another person’s property or public building and the surrounding area. To be considered arson, the burning must be an intentional act.

Assault & Battery

Assault & battery constitutes a violent crime that involves threatening a victim with use of force and actually beating/attacking a victim.

Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling

Burglary of an occupied dwelling involves forcibly breaking into someone’s home, or other public facility, that is occupied with people at the time of the breakin, with the intent to perform harm or other unlawful activities.

Burglary of an Unoccupied Dwelling

Burglary of an unoccupied dwelling involves forcibly breaking into a vacant home or public facility with the intent to perform harm or other unlawful activities.

Burglary of Structure

Burglary of structure is the crime of breaking into any physical place that has a building with the intent to cause harm or engage in criminal activity.

Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse usually involves emotional, economic, sexual and physical abuse that a more powerful male or female subjects his/her romantic partner to.

Child Abuse & Elder Abuse

Child abuse is any intentional act that an offender subjects a person under the age of 18 years to that results in emotional, physical and/or sexual harm. Elder abuse is defined as intentional mistreatment or harm to aged humans (usually over the age of 65).


Kidnapping involves forcibly removing someone from their home and transporting him/her to places without his/her consent. It often involves physical threats and is sometimes done to collect ransom.


Manslaughter is the unplanned killing of another person.

  • Voluntary manslaughter involves killing that is provoked by fear of harm. It is often seen in the form of self-defense.
  • Involuntary manslaughter involves the unintentional, accidental killing of another person.
  • Vehicular manslaughter involves unintentionally killing passengers of cars.

Murder (Homicide)

Homicide is the killing of another person.

  • First Degree Murder is a killing that is premeditated and carefully planned out.
  • Second Degree Murder is the killing that is non-premeditated and often the result of an attack.
  • Criminally Negligent Homicide (Involuntary Manslaughter) is the killing of another person that is unintentionally caused by gross negligent conduct.

Why You Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Here’s the truth: if you are accused of a violent crime, you are often judged harshly before you even begin trial and other court proceedings. Society may perceive you as dangerous and unworthy. Many states have minimal prison sentencing requirements and fines that are excessive. In other words, you are at a major risk of receiving an unfavorable outcome.

Experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Law Office of Silverman, Mack & Associates, however, can reverse your negative situation. As previous prosecuting attorneys, our criminal attorneys in Gainesville, FL, are knowledgeable about the entire process on both sides. We can predict the strategies of the prosecuting team in your case, identify weaknesses in their claims, and create a strong defense for you.

Violent crimes can create havoc in your life. By trusting an experienced criminal lawyer, there is a greater chance to achieve the best outcome for your unique case.

Contact us today.