Three Most Common Crimes In Miami

Three Most Common Crimes In Miami

Even in the safest neighborhoods in the United States, criminals lurk around every corner. There are good areas and bad areas to every city in the country, but many of the larger cities gain a faster reputation because of the publicity they receive.

The city of Miami, Florida is no different than any other city in the country – there is good and bad; a lot of cultural diversity; and some people who are less accepting than others. Although the city of Miami can be a beautiful place to live, there are several common crimes to know. Knowing what these crimes are can help keep you safe and allow you to take precautions to prevent them.

Burglary is the act of entering someone’s home or property without his or her permission or to engage in unlawful activity. In 2012, the U.S. average of burglaries per 100,000 populations was 670. In Miami, it was 1,027. Although burglary can be charged as a first, second or third degree felony, there are many criminals who still engage in these illegal activities.
To prevent your home or property from being burglarized, it is important to keep your doors locked or an enclosure around your home. If you have been convicted of a burglary crime, immediately contact an experienced professional before speaking to anyone about your conviction.

Homicide Charges
Murder is a serious offense in any state or country in the world. In the city of Miami, there is a differentiation between homicide and manslaughter. If convicted of homicide, this means you have intentionally taken the life of another person. If you are convicted of manslaughter, this may mean it was done without intent, such as vehicular manslaughter or aggravated manslaughter. In 2012, the murders per 100,000 population for the U.S. was 4.7; in Miami it was 16.6
A homicide or manslaughter conviction can be an overwhelming experience whether you are guilty or innocent. If you have been charged with either of these crimes, it is vital to contact an attorney who can help you get through these convictions with proper defense.

Car Theft
Auto theft, in the state of Florida, can be defined in three different ways: taking someone’s car with the intent of keeping it permanently or temporarily using it, taking the car to prevent the owner from using it or even using the vehicle for your personal needs. There are even convictions of grand theft auto, where a car has cargo valued over $50,000 or if the vehicle is worth more than $100,000; this type of conviction can carry a much higher fine or punishment.
Many of the charges involving auto theft result in felonies, so if you are convicted of an auto theft crime, do not speak to anyone about your conviction before speaking with an experienced lawyer. To protect your vehicle from being stolen, you should always lock your doors and install an alarm to ensure its safety. Keep any precious cargo inside of your home instead of inside of your vehicle.

How We Can Help
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