The incidence of violent crime is on the decrease in Florida. According to statistics provided by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, crimes such as murder, forcible sex offenses, robbery and aggravated assault decreased by 37.9% in the 20-year period between 1991 and 2011, from 158,181 to 98,183. Of these offenses, aggravated assault was the most common, with 61,701 in 2011, followed by robbery (25,617), forcible sex offenses (9,880) and murder (985). The Federal Bureau of Investigation reports similar trends nationwide, with a 3.8% decrease in violent crimes between 2010 and 2011 and a 15.5% decrease since 2002. On a more local level, the Florida Office of Economic & Demographic Research states that Palm Beach County saw a total of 6,585 reported cases of violent crime in 2011, a figure which accounts for 6.7% of such offenses throughout the state.
There are many ways to fight against violent crime allegations, but the key to success is to hire an attorney as early as possible. Come to the Law Offices of Richard Tendler for a confidential consultation to discuss the case and learn about your options for defense. Many violent crime cases, such as assault and battery or domestic battery, can be resolved by demonstrating that the suspect was actually acting in self-defense or that he or she has targeted with allegations which are entirely false. In other cases, such as murder/homicide, the charges may be based on the testimony of witnesses who did not actually see the crime, making it possible to raise questions about whether the defendant has been wrongfully labeled as a suspect.
The one thing you must not do when charged with a violent crime is to speak about the situation with anyone but your attorney. Remember: the police only want to talk to you in order to get you to make self-incriminating statements. The chances are slim that you can do anything to improve the situation by telling your side of the story without having an attorney present to advise you of what to say-and what not to say. For example, if you tell the police officer that you were acting in self-defense, you have thereby confirmed that you committed the act and that you were at the scene of the alleged crime, whereas if you had not made this statement your attorney might have been able to prevent the prosecutor from establishing that you were even at the crime scene. Give yourself the best possible chances of success by exercising your rights to remain silent and to hire the best criminal attorney in West Palm Beach.
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