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Okaloosa County Violent Crimes Lawyers

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Violent crimes are some of the most severely prosecuted crimes in Florida. If you are suspected of threatening to inflict harm, attempting to inflict harm or inflicting harm on a person or their property, you need to retain competent legal representation immediately. When you are in a legal crisis and need help, our lawyers at Dewrell & Herndon have the credentials you can trust. As AV rated lawyers with more than 72 years of combined legal experience, we are committed to tenaciously fighting for your rights!

Don’t hesitate to call our office today and request a free initial consultation with our criminal lawyers in Okaloosa County. We also serve clients in Walton County and Santa Rosa.

Penalties for Violent Crimes

Violent crimes are often considered felonies and come with stiff consequences including years in state prison, fines, probation, and loss of rights such as the right to purchase or carry a gun, the right to pursue certain jobs or professions, and the right to receive certain government assistance. Charges of domestic violence or assault and battery may also negatively affect your parental rights. A conviction could mean a restraining order, thereby preventing you from seeing your family and loved ones.

While some violent crimes may be categorized as second-degree misdemeanor offenses, a conviction can still cost you a $500-fine and a jail sentence of up to 60 days. The harshest penalties, however, come with first-degree felony offenses. If convicted, you would need to pay a fine of up to $10,000 and a prison sentence of 30 years up to life. Additionally, any conviction for violent crimes will surely leave you with a permanent criminal record which can adversely affect your life for years to come.

What Constitutes a Violent Crime in Florida?

Violent crimes can include a variety of offenses such as:

  • Assault
  • Attempted murder
  • Battery
  • Child abuse
  • Conspiracy to commit a violent crime
  • Domestic violence
  • DUI manslaughter
  • Elder abuse
  • Homicide
  • Kidnapping
  • Resisting arrest
  • Robbery
  • Sexual offenses
  • Torture
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Weapons charges

At Dewrell & Herndon, each of our lawyers has tried over 80 cases each and we are committed to ensuring you are afforded every right by law. If you have been charged with domestic violence, assault and battery, or more, we can help you resolve your legal issues today. Don’t succumb to a life sentence without an all-out fight!

If you want to ensure you have strong legal advocates in your corner, don’t hesitate to call our office and speak with one of our Okaloosa County criminal lawyers at Dewrell & Herndon today! You can reach us at (850) 629-7163.


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