Notice: While courts and businesses are closing due to COVID-19, we are still accessible to answer your legal questions. We can still handle most legal issues and communications with clients by phone, email and text.
Violent Crimes Put a Skilled and Trial-Proven Attorney in Your Corner

Miami Violent Crime Defense Attorney

Protecting the Rights & Future of Clients Facing Violent Charges in Miami & Fort Lauderdale

When a person is accused of committing any kind of a crime of violence in Florida, prosecutors will aggressively pursue harsh sentences. Alleged offenders are portrayed as dangers to society that need to be locked away in order to serve the best interests of the community.

A conviction for any kind of violent crime can have extremely long-lasting and far-reaching consequences. Background checks that reveal criminal records with violent offenses lead to negative outcomes in matters concerning employment, housing, or other activities.

People who have been charged with violent crimes may have only been acting in self-defense or the defense of other parties. It is important for these alleged offenders to make sure that the facts of their cases are accurately presented so they are not convicted and sentenced to several years in prison and ordered to pay thousands of dollars in fines.

If you were recently arrested for any kind of violent offense, it is in your best interest to seek legal representation as soon as possible. Our experienced violent crime defense lawyer at The Hoffman Firm defends clients accused of these crimes in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and the surrounding areas.

If you are in Miami call (305) 928-1669 to get started on your case. If you are in Broward County call 954-737-3004.

Types of Violent Crimes in Florida

Several offenses in the Florida Statutes are considered crimes of violence. Alleged offenses typically involve the use or threat of violence on an alleged victim.

Some of the most common violent crimes in Florida include:

Some crimes of violence are misdemeanors, but many others are felony offenses. Furthermore, criminal charges can be subject to enhanced penalties when an alleged crime involved certain factors.

For example, a violent crime that involved the use or attempted use of a firearm or destructive device may be subject to minimum prison sentences under the state’s 10-20-Life Law. Additionally, a crime of violence in which an alleged offender intentionally selected an alleged victim based on his or her race, color, religion, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, or advanced age can be classified as a hate crime.

Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law

For many years, Florida’s self-defense claims essentially relied on the “castle doctrine,” a theory that a person’s home is his or her castle and the homeowner is afforded certain protections and immunity from criminal charges for protecting him or herself in the home. The castle doctrine was subject to criticism, however, because people were still expected to use every reasonable means within their power to avoid the danger—including retreat—before using deadly force. In 2005, Florida enacted statutes better known as the “Stand Your Ground” law that removed the duty to retreat.

Chapter 776 of the Florida Statutes is dedicated to Justifiable Use of Force, and Under Florida Statute § 776.012 established:

  • A person is justified in using or threatening to use force, except deadly force, against another when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to defend himself or herself or another against the other’s imminent use of unlawful force. A person who uses or threatens to use force in accordance with this subsection does not have a duty to retreat before using or threatening to use such force.
  • A person is justified in using or threatening to use deadly force if he or she reasonably believes that using or threatening to use such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony. A person who uses or threatens to use deadly force in accordance with this subsection does not have a duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground if the person using or threatening to use the deadly force is not engaged in a criminal activity and is in a place where he or she has a right to be.

Furthermore, Florida Statute § 776.031 established:

  • A person is justified in using or threatening to use force, except deadly force, against another when and to the extent that the person reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to prevent or terminate the other’s trespass on, or other tortious or criminal interference with, either real property other than a dwelling or personal property, lawfully in his or her possession or in the possession of another who is a member of his or her immediate family or household or of a person whose property he or she has a legal duty to protect. A person who uses or threatens to use force in accordance with this subsection does not have a duty to retreat before using or threatening to use such force.
  • A person is justified in using or threatening to use deadly force only if he or she reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony. A person who uses or threatens to use deadly force in accordance with this subsection does not have a duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground if the person using or threatening to use the deadly force is not engaged in a criminal activity and is in a place where he or she has a right to be.

Florida Statute § 776.013(3) states that a person “who is attacked in his or her dwelling, residence, or vehicle has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and use or threaten to use force, including deadly force, if he or she uses or threatens to use force in accordance with” the statutes listed above.

Under Florida Statute § 776.013(1), a person is presumed to have held a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another when using or threatening to use defensive force that is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm to another if:

  • The person against whom the defensive force was used or threatened was in the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering, or had unlawfully and forcibly entered, a dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle, or if that person had removed or was attempting to remove another against that person’s will from the dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle; and
  • The person who uses or threatens to use defensive force knew or had reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry or unlawful and forcible act was occurring or had occurred.

If you are in Miami, call (305) 928-1669 now or contact our firm online for a free consultation about how to proceed with your case. If you are in Broward County call 954-737-3004.

Why Should You Choose The Hoffman Firm?

Here Are Six Reasons
  • Client-Focused Representation

    Our Firm is dedicated to client satisfaction. We are available 24/7 to help those in need.

  • Decades of Experience

    Attorney Evan Hoffman has over two decades of experience fighting for the accused.

  • Premier Criminal Defense Firm

    Experienced Attorney Evan Hoffman has handled some of the most high profile and complex cases.

  • Proven Track Record

    Client satisfaction is our top priority. At The Hoffman Firm we take great pride in our success and case victories.

  • Florida Former State Prosecutor

    Attorney Evan Hoffman has extensive knowledge of the strategies used by prosecutors throughout Florida.

  • Free Initial Consultation

    We offer free initial consultations to ensure that we have your best interests in mind.

Hear it From Our Clients

Read What Past Clients Had to Say
  • “As busy as he is, I was always able to get a hold of him. He provided me his personal cell phone and I was always able to text him if I had any questions.”

    - John
  • “Evan was able to get all my charges dismissed and now 6 months after the worst mistake of my life (getting arrested), Evan was able to give me my life back.”

    - Stacy
  • “I cannot say enough great things about Evan and his staff. He helped me and he will help you too. Call Evan if you are ever in legal trouble.”

    - Armando
  • “I know that I am grateful for all of Evan's hard work and can without a doubt recommend him to my friends, family and all of those out there on the world wide web.”

    - Joshua
  • “If anyone is ever arrested or even under investigation, I can assure you the only person you need to call is EVAN!”

    - John
/

Start Your Defense

Schedule Your Free Consultation
  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.

Record Of Success

Aggressive Traffic Ticket Defense
  • Charges Dropped Felony Possession of a Firearm

    Our client was arrested for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and grand theft of a firearm.

  • Not Guilty Felony Sexual Battery

    Client was arrested for sexual battery and case went to trial. In less than 30 minutes the verdict was not guilty.

  • Case Dismissed Possession of Marijuana

    We filed a motion to suppress the stop based upon an illegal search and seizure. The Judge ruled that the officer did not have probable cause to stop the client.

/