Criminal Assault in Florida
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Our Criminal Defense Attorneys Will Defend You Against Charges of Simple Criminal Assault and Aggravated Assault.
In Florida, there are two categories of criminal assault.
Misdemeanor assault, also called simple criminal assault, occurs when a person makes an unlawful threat against another person coupled with the apparent ability to carry out the threat and the defendant creates a genuine and reasonable fear in the victim that violence or harm is imminent.
Aggravated assault occurs when a simple assault is made using a deadly weapon (i.e. brandishing a weapon) or while committing a felony offense, the assault constitutes an aggravated assault and is prosecuted as a felony.
What is the Difference between Criminal Assault and Attempted Battery?
Assault is not the same as an attempted battery. Assault is a threat to commit a violent act. Attempted battery is the actual commission of the violent act, which concludes unsuccessfully.
Public Safety Reclassification
Enhanced penalties for the crime of assault exist in Florida when the victim is a member of law enforcement or public safety such as police, firefighters, emergency medical providers and others. Reclassification alters assault from a second degree misdemeanor to a first degree misdemeanor.
Elderly Person Reclassification
Under Florida Statute 784.08 there are enhanced penalties for the crime of assault when the victim is a person 65 years of age or older. Reclassification, regardless of knowledge of victim’s age, enhances the degree of the charge. Assault goes from a second degree misdemeanor to a first degree. Aggravated assault, a third degree felony, becomes a second degree felony.
Criminal Assault Defense in Florida
Assault is a very defensible criminal charge. You should never plead guilty to charges of simple assault or aggravated assault without first speaking with your Florida criminal defense lawyer.
Early Negotiation is Critical in a Possession of Weapon Defense in Florida
Early contact in the criminal process communicates competence, resolve and establishes a rapport that may be needed during future negotiations.
Call us even before you are charged if possible. We may be able to avoid charges being filed.
We will make early contact with the prosecutor to present factual defenses, legal issues, and mitigating circumstances that may have a dramatic impact on the State’s decision to move forward against you.
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