Accused of a Violent Crime, such as Assault, Rape, or Murder?
Do Not Wait - Let Tallahassee Criminal Attorney Joe Bodiford and the staff at Bodiford Law Help Now! Joe has defended these types of cases at trial - many, many times - and has real-world experience with violent crime defense.
Criminal Defense is a special and sensitive area of the law, and violent crimes charges can result in very serious punishment. It is important that you have an experienced Tampa/Hillsborough County criminal lawyer and trial attorney who can defend you. Joe Bodiford is the lawyer for you!
At Bodiford Law, we work with our clients to craft a theory of defense based on a detailed review of the prosecution’s case and their own investigative findings. To develop the theory of defense and a litigation plan, Joe Bodiford works extensively in interviewing witnesses, reviewing documentation, and deposing prosecution witnesses. Mr. Bodiford also enlists investigators and forensic specialists who assist in preparation of the client's defenses, cross-examination of government witnesses, and presentation of exculpatory evidence.
If you have been charged with a violent crime, it is important to have a Tampa criminal defense lawyer to represent you as soon as possible in the process, ideally at arraignment. A criminal defense attorney can:
Challenge probable cause for arrest
Argue in favor of being released on your own recognizance or on very low bail
Intervene early and convince the prosecutor to “no file” (not file charges)
Negotiate plea bargains with prosecutors
Discuss the pros and cons of going to trial
Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of pleading guilty instead of going to trial
Your rights, freedom and record are too important; don't let an inexperienced attorney jeopardize your freedom or your case!
Violents Crime & Punishment
As opposed to nonviolent or property crimes, violent crimes are crimes against a person that inflicts, attempts to inflict, or threatens to inflict bodily harm. Florida takes the prosecution of these types of crime quite seriously and will generally prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. In many cases, this means violent crimes will be treated as felonies. In Florida, violent crimes can include:
Assault, which is the threat of inflicting violence
Battery, which is unwanted touching
Homicide, including first and second degree murder as well as three types of manslaughter
Robbery, which is the threat or use of force while taking money or property
While murder is the most serious violent crime, there are many charges considered violent crime. Here are examples of some you may be charged with:
Assault with a deadly weapon
Certain types of spousal abuse (Domestic Violence)
Kidnapping, False Imprisonment
Sex Crimes, including rape and child molestation
The details surrounding your charge will dictate who severe penalties may be. Punishment can include imprisonment, restitution, probation/parole, and even the death penalty. A judge may consider many factors during sentencing, such as any previous record, injuries sustained by victims, whether weapons were used in the commission of a crime, etc…
Especially if you have been charged with a violent crime, the consequences of waiting can be severe. Mr. Bodiford will begin investigating the details of your case as soon as he is retained. Was there a motive for the client to have committed a violent act? Have all the witnesses been identified? Has all the evidence been examined thoroughly? A meticulous, systematic, and comprehensive approach is absolutely vital in these types of cases.
However, just as important as the defense strategy is your attorney’s attitude. You want someone fearless. You want someone who will defend you ruthlessly. You want someone who knows how the courts and the prosecution operate, and who will take that into account when crafting your defense. Attorney Joe Bodiford has dealt with judges and prosecutors all over Florida in both state and federal courts. He has handled every type of case and is ready to help you.
Tallahassee criminal lawyer Joe Bodiford has over 18 years of experience.
He is a Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer, and a Criminal Defense Specialist. Mr. Bodiford has the highest peer-review rating available and he has handled many high-profile cases. Call Bodiford Law, P.A.now and let’s get started with your defense strategy.
Please - Beware of the Plea Lawyer.
There are times when a plea agreement may be in your best interests. However, don’t become the victim of an attorney’s inexperience, lack of preparation, or laziness. Every case is unique and you need an Expert to thoroughly examine all possible defenses.
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