Top 5 cases for criminal defense lawyers in Jacksonville, FL

Everybody who has at least Facebook access is aware of the ‘Florida Man’ headlines that are taking over social media. But other than the ridiculous crimes that some Floridians commit, what are the common cases that a criminal defense attorney in Jacksonville, FL handle?

Murder or Manslaughter

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s annual crime report, murder is on the rise despite the total crime rate dropping. Murder, or the act of premeditated killing of one human being by another, make up the majority of Jacksonville’s violent crime statistics. 


Aside from murder, the incidence of rape is also on the rise. From 517 incidents recorded in 2016, the number is estimated to jump to 619 in 2019. 

Property Crime

Property crime includes burglary, larceny, arson, vandalism, shoplifting, and carnapping, among other crimes, with an estimated figure of about 25,000 incidents in 2019.

The majority of property crime for this year is expected to be from larceny or theft with a projected figure of 20,200. Burglary comes in second with 3,151 cases. Motor vehicle theft and arson are expected to be at 1,085 and 68 cases, respectively.

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated assault is any attempt to cause physical injury to a person, either knowingly or recklessly. In 2019, Jacksonville is expected to see about 2,589 cases compared to 3,418 cases last 2016. Even if the number has gone down, a lot of criminal defense lawyers are still going to see this type of case.


The last entry for this list is robbery, the act of taking another’s property by force or threat. In Jacksonville, the number of robbery incidences is expected to be 451. 


Although the city is showing a downward trend when it comes to the total crime rate, it still stands as one of the most crime-rampant cities in the U.S. As a criminal defense lawyer, expect to encounter many of these cases in the following months to come.