St. Augustine, Florida, Violent Crimes Defense Attorney

The effects of violent crimes, including death and bodily harm, are serious and irreversible. Harsh laws, aggressive prosecutors and angry, fearful and unsympathetic juries all combine to ensure severe consequences for most people convicted of violent offenses.

Florida’s 10-20-LIFE sentencing requirements mandate that a crime committed with a weapon carries an automatic 10-year prison sentence. The prison sentence automatically increases to 20 years if a shot was fired, and 25 years to life in prison if someone was injured or killed.

Mowrey, Shoemaker, Beardsley, PL can provide effective and skilled legal defense. Attorney Terry Shoemaker formerly served as an Assistant State Attorney and has both defended and prosecuted hundreds of accused people. We know how to argue for reduction of charges, and we know how to prove errors in 10-20-LIFE criminal procedures.

Recent criminal defense successes include:

Our client was accused of lewd and lascivious exhibition, which is a third-degree felony carrying consequences including up to 5 years in prison and registration as a sexual offender. We successfully argued to have the charges reduced to indecent exposure, which is a misdemeanor, and was sentenced six months of probation.

Our client was accused of trafficking cocaine. Through a pretrial intervention, community service and drug classes, the charges were dropped and our client spent no time in prison.

Our client was accused of attempting to escape during arrest. Our defense led to a reduced charge of resisting arrest without violence, and our client spent nine months in a county jail instead of 24 months in prison.

We can defend you against violent crime charges, including homicide, battery, assault, sexual battery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, felony battery, robbery, domestic violence, weapons, manslaughter, DUI manslaughter, drunk and disorderly behavior, and DUI charges resulting in serious bodily injury.

Contact Us

If you have questions regarding your violent crime charges, call us. We accept credit cards, and charge affordable rates. We are available for evening and weekend appointments, and offer free initial consultations. Our offices are located in downtown St. Augustine. Contact us today.