In Miami, like in any other city, certain criminal charges tend to be more prevalent than others. Understanding these charges and knowing how to defend against them is essential, whether you're facing charges yourself or supporting a loved one. In this blog post, we'll explore the most common criminal charges in Miami – Aggravated Assault, Assault, Robbery, Burglary, Petit Theft, Grand Theft, Grand Theft Auto, Drug Arrests, and Possession – and provide insights on how to mount a strong defense.
Aggravated Assault and Assault
Aggravated assault involves the use of a deadly weapon or the intent to cause serious bodily harm, while simple assault does not involve a weapon and typically results in minor injuries. Defending against these charges often involves challenging the evidence, arguing self-defense, or proving that the alleged victim's injuries were not caused by the defendant.
Robbery is the act of taking property from another person through force, violence, or threats. A strong defense against robbery charges might include disputing the victim's identification of the defendant, presenting an alibi, or arguing that the use of force was not part of the crime.
Burglary involves unlawfully entering a building or structure with the intent to commit a crime. To defend against burglary charges, an attorney may argue that the defendant had no intent to commit a crime, had permission to enter the property, or was mistakenly identified.
Petit Theft and Grand Theft
Petit theft involves stealing property valued at less than $750, while grand theft involves property valued at $750 or more. To defend against these charges, a lawyer may argue that the defendant had no intent to steal, believed they had a legal right to the property, or that the value of the property was misrepresented.
Grand Theft Auto
Grand theft auto is the act of stealing a motor vehicle. Defenses for this charge can include disputing the identification of the defendant, presenting an alibi, or arguing that the defendant had permission to use the vehicle.
Drug arrests can involve various offenses, such as possession, trafficking, or manufacturing. Defending against drug charges often involves challenging the legality of the search and seizure, disputing the ownership or possession of the drugs, or questioning the accuracy of the drug testing.
Possession charges can include possession of drugs, drug paraphernalia, or illegal weapons. Defenses against these charges may involve disputing the evidence, arguing that the defendant was not aware of the contraband, or challenging the legality of the search and seizure.
Dennis Gonzalez Jr.
Miami Criminal Defense Attorney