The Top 10 Common Crimes Committed in Florida
Written by Moses & Rooth on January 13, 2015
In 2013, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the top 10 most common crimes committed in Florida are drug abuse violations, theft, assault, driving under the influence (DUI), aggravated assault, liquor law violations, burglary, fraud, robbery, and vandalism. If you have been charged with any of these crimes or another let the experienced criminal defense lawyers of Moses & Rooth fight for you.
1. Drug Crimes: In 2013, according to the FBI, drug abuse violations accounted for almost 30% of all arrests (not counting traffic offenses) in Florida. Drug offenses can range from possession to trafficking and many others. Carrying a wide range of fines and periods of incarceration if convicted.
2. Theft: According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), a theft is committed every minute in Florida. Theft is the unauthorized taking or use of another’s property, including larceny, stealing, misappropriation, conversion, and other offenses. The value of the property determines if the theft is a misdemeanor or a felony.
3. Assault: Assault happens when there is a threat of imminent violence even if there is no contact.
4. DUI: In Florida, driving with a blood alcohol level (BAL) of .08 or higher is illegal. The severity of the penalties are determined by many factors, such as, whether it is a first, second, or third offense, BAL, a minor was present, or any injuries or property damage were sustained.
5. Aggravated Assault: According to the FDLE, an aggravated assault happens every nine minutes in Florida. Aggravated assault is assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill or intent to commit a felony, is classified as a third degree felony, and if convicted you could serve five years in prison and be charged with a $5,000 fine.
6. Liquor Law Violations: A laundry list of activities if committed are against Florida liquor laws, including selling alcohol to a minor or selling alcohol without a permit.
7. Burglary: According to the FDLE, a burglary occurs every three minutes in Florida. A person can be charged with burglary if the person enters or remains in a building with the intent to commit a crime. Burglary is a felony of the first, second, or third degree depending on the circumstances. Defenses include, arguing that the building was open to the public or you had an invitation or license to be there.
8. Fraud: A person can be convicted of fraud under dozens of Florida laws, which carry a wide range of jail time and fines. A criminal defense attorney can explain what law you are charged with breaking and create a plan to defend you.
9. Robbery: According to the FDLE, a robbery happens every 22 minutes. A robbery is when a person takes money or property from another person with intent to permanently or temporarily deprive that person of the money or property by force, violence, assault, or fear.
10. Vandalism: According to the FBI, over 20% of all vandalism is committed by minors. Contact a juvenile defense attorney, if you are under 18 and been charged with a crime or you are the parent of a child charged with a crime.
If you have been charged with any of the above crimes or another crime let the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Moses & Rooth explain the charges and create a plan for your defense. Contact us today to assure the best possible outcome of your case.