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Pensacola Lawyers List the Most Common Violent Crimes and Punishments

The Most Common Violent Crimes and Punishments in Pensacola

Hey there! My name’s Alex and I’m a law student here in Pensacola. I was doing some research for class recently on common violent crimes and punishments in our area, and I thought I’d share what I found in case anyone else was curious.

Now I ain’t no fancy big shot lawyer yet, so keep that in mind as you read my little article here. I’m just tryin’ to break things down in simple terms that us regular folks can understand, ya know? Anywho, let’s get to it!

Assault and Battery

First up we got assault and battery charges. From what I read, this is basically when you attack or physically harm someone on purpose. Things like punching, kicking, strangling – you get the idea. There’s levels to these though:

  • Simple assault is a misdemeanor charge, which could mean up to a year in jail or fines up to $2,500.
  • Aggravated assault is a felony, and penalties get much harsher – we’re talking years in prison potentially.
  • Assaulting a police officer? Also a felony, and you’ll face even stiffer punishments typically.

Now battery tends to go hand-in-hand with assault charges. I think of it as actually making physical contact in an attack, whereas assault is the attempt or threat. But laws vary a bit by state so don’t quote me on that!

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence refers to violence between family or household members specifically. This includes:

  • Spouses
  • Former spouses
  • Parents and children
  • Other relatives
  • Current or former partners that live(d) together

Like assault, there are misdemeanor and felony levels of domestic violence charges. Penalties also depend on things like:

  • If a weapon was used
  • If the victim was pregnant
  • If the victim suffered severe injuries
  • Etc.

But generally, fines up to $5,000 and jail time up to 5 years are common. Restraining orders are also typical in these cases.

Sex Crimes

Sex crimes encompass a range of nonconsensual sexual acts, like:

  • Rape
  • Sexual assault
  • Sexual abuse
  • Sexual misconduct

These are always felonies in Florida, with minimum 1 year prison sentences up to life imprisonment in severe cases. Fines, probation, and registering as a sex offender are also common requirements after release.

Robbery and Burglary

Robbery is using force or threats to steal money or property from a victim. Burglary is illegally entering a building to commit a crime, like theft. Robbery is considered more severe generally, since it involves violence or intimidation against a person.

Like assault, there are degrees of these charges:

  • First degree is a felony with prison time up to 30 years
  • Second degree reduces maximum time to 15 years imprisonment
  • Third degree further reduces max imprisonment to 5 years

Factors like weapon use, value of property stolen, and harm to victims impact how charges are classified.


Kidnapping involves seizing and detaining someone against their will. This includes hostage taking, human trafficking, and unlawful confinement. Like other violent crimes, there are varying degrees with escalating punishments:

  • Up to 5 years prison for basic kidnapping
  • Up to life imprisonment for aggravated kidnapping

If a kidnapping results in death, the charges become murder charges. Which brings me to…

Murder and Manslaughter

The most severe violent crime is murder, which involves killing another person intentionally and with malice. Like other crimes, degrees and special circumstances affect sentencing:

  • First degree is premeditated killing – automatic life in prison
  • Second degree is unplanned killing – up to 40 years prison
  • Manslaughter is unintentional killing – up to 15 years

Special circumstances like murdering a police officer or child under 14 can make sentences harsher. Accessories to murder often face similar punishments as if they committed the murder themselves.

Summing It Up

Well there ya have it – a quick rundown of common violent crimes and punishments here in Pensacola. I tried to break it down in simple, easy to understand terms but let me know if you have any other questions!

I’m still learning this stuff myself, but I enjoyed putting this little guide together. Hopefully it gives folks a better sense of what some of these charges mean and what the consequences may be.

Stay safe out there, folks! And maybe think twice before doing anything too reckless, yeah? Could save yourself a whole mess of legal trouble. Alright, catch ya later!

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