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Brevard Reclassification Of Crimes Against Older Citizens


Florida state laws have changed with many new rulings taking effect on July 1, 2009. Others have already been changed, including one which reclassifies some of the more violent crimes against older citizens. If you are the victim of such a crime, or are being accused of one, you will need to consult a local Brevard attorney for advice.

First of all, to define what is meant by the term “older citizen.” Under Florida law, an older citizen is one who is 65 years old or older. The person being accused of the crime will face the same punishments and penalties regardless of whether they would or could know the person’s age. (There are additional punishments and conditions related to citizens who are deemed to be disabled as well.) For the purposes of this particular article, we will focus on two crimes and their reclassifications: aggravated battery and aggravated assault.

Stephen G. Cobb, Esq.

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