Facing any kind of criminal charge is typically a frightening prospect but certain criminal allegations are worse than others are for Florida defendants. Accusations centered on violent crimes such as aggravated assault, murder or robbery can be especially devastating. If the prosecution wins a conviction, the defendant's life will change immediately and the consequences will last a lifetime. Possible consequences include:
- A long period of incarceration
- Difficulty finding employment
- Loss of personal relationships
- A felony record
- Severe reputation damage
- Mental and emotional suffering
- Difficulty renting or buying a home
With so much at stake, we feel it is our duty to encourage those facing allegations of violent crimes to seek assistance. A criminal defense lawyer can help you explore all possible defense strategies and may be able to help prove your innocence in the face of false allegations.
For example, say you are looking at murder charges because you defended yourself against an attacker. Alone, it is difficult to prove your side of the case, but with a lawyer's guidance, you may be able to pursue an effective self-defense or stand your ground approach. At the very least, legal representation can improve your chances of having the charges against you reduced. In a best-case scenario, it may even be possible to get an acquittal.
Taking immediate action at the first hint of violence accusations is crucial if you wish to protect your rights and your future. By failing to respond, you are essentially placing your life in the hands of a state prosecutor. If you need to learn more about defending yourself against criminal allegations, we invite you to browse our firm's violent crimes section.