What crimes are violent crimes?

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How many crimes are violent?

Crime is on the rise in many cities, especially violent crimes. Whether you are the victim of a violent crime vs non violent crime doesn’t matter though. At the time it happens, they all seem violent and unnecessary. A violent crime case study by the Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence in 2016 found that almost 60% of the 76 million children in America between the ages of 10 and 24  are victims of abuse and violent crimes. This doesn’t include violent crimes against younger children or adults.

There are 5 criminal offenses considered to be violent crimes. The violent crime for examples are:  

  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Gang violence
  • Property crime – included in property crime is:  Burglar, Larceny, Motor vehicle theft, Arson

What is the most common form of violent crime?      

The BJS(Bureau of Justice Statistics) and the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) track offenses differently, but both find patterns to be the same overall. In 2019 property crime was reported more than violent crimes with larceny, burglary, and theft of motor vehicle being the most common in that category. 

In the category of violent crimes, the most common was aggravated assault. Robbery, rape, murder, and non-negligent manslaughter followed in that category. As of the data provided by both BJS and FBI, property crime was more common than violent crimes with over 2,000.0 property crimes per 100,000 people report compared just under 400.0 violent crimes per 100,000.  

Are all violent crimes felonies?

When we think about crime, the first that often comes to mind are violent crimes, the most serious of all offenses.  Violent crimes are those where one person is harming or threatening harm with action or weapon another person.  

Based on the severity of a crimes, they  are classified as a felony or a misdemeanor, with misdemeanor being the lesser of the two in terms of seriousness and a felony being the more significant crime with more serious penalty. 

It is the law’s classification that differentiates the two, putting violent crimes in the felony classification. However, depending on the details and factors, some violent crimes may be classified as a misdemeanor.

Violent crimes that involved physical harm to a person are referred to as  “offenses against the person”. One example of this would be when a person commits the battery, a violent crime of attacking another person with fists. Another example would be when a person threatens another person with violence while stealing, also referred to as a robbery. A violent crime doesn’t have to involve any engagement of actual violence, just the threat of it is sufficient to fall into the category of violent crimes. 

Is mugging a violent crime?

Mugging is defined in the Oxford Dictionary as:  “an act of attacking and robbing someone in a public place.”.  As we have discussed earlier in this article, violent crimes are those where one person acts or threatens acts of harm to another person while committing a robbery.  Therefore, yes, mugging is considered one of the many violent crimes we have reviewed. 

Which is not a violent crime offense?

In the State of Florida, the following crimes are not considered non-violent crimes, with circumstances varying that could change the charge from non-violent to violent….

  • Assault.
  • Burglary.
  • Cybercrime.
  • Harassment.
  • Hazing.
  • Robbery.
  • Theft.

Circumstances and factors that can change these non-violent crimes to violent crimes would be a weapon is involved by the person committing the crime or the threat of harm by the person committing the crime to the victim while the crime is being committed. 

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What is violent crime compensation?

The State of Florida, like many states, offers victims of violent crimes compensation to victims that received personal injury or is the survivor of a victim killed during the act of a felony or misdemeanor crime that is punishable by  federal or state law. This includes any crime involving a DUI, a hit and run, or any disabled or elderly adult that suffers property loss due to a crime being committed.

There are eligibility requirements including cooperation with law enforcement officials, and any branch of the government dealing the crime. Physical, psychiatric, or psychological injury, must have resulted from the crime, or death of a person that was with or related to the one filing for compensation. 

The victim applying for compensation cannot have been involved or made any contribution to the circumstances of the crime that lead to any death or the injury being reported.  The Florida Crime Information Center will run a criminal history of the person applying for compensation.

Crime of any type is scary for the victim, and violent crimes are especially scary. Depending on the victim, they may require extend time of help psychologically, even physically. These types of crimes are of great concern to this country and the public should take every precaution they can to not become a victim to crime, especially violent crimes. Call (321) 631-2663 today for your bail bonds needs in Cocoa, FL.