An alleged offender does not need to physically harm another person in order to be charged with assault in Florida. Rather, this crime involves an alleged threat to commit an act of violence and the ability to do so.
Cases of assault that involve deadly weapons or intent to commit felonies can be subject to enhanced penalties. A conviction for an assault offense can result in possible imprisonment, but the severity of the punishments may be greater in cases involving special classes of victims or other aggravating factors.
If you have been arrested for an assault offense in Florida, you should immediately seek dedicated and capable legal representation. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. fights for people facing these types of criminal charges all over Broward County, including Fort Lauderdale, Tamarac, Hallandale Beach, Plantation, Coral Springs, Margate, Deerfield Beach, and Davie.
Our Broward County aggravated assault attorneys have more than two decades of combined legal experience handling cases involving these charges. We will provide a complete evaluation of your case during when you call (954) 228-2789 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.
In the Sunshine State, there are specific statutes for the offenses of simple assault (or misdemeanor assault) and aggravated assault (or felony assault):
There are several other specific assault offenses in Chapter 784 of the Florida Statutes that reclassify assault offense such that cases of assault are first-degree misdemeanors and aggravated assault offenses are second-degree felonies. This reclassification applies to the following crimes:
The possible consequences of a conviction for any assault offense can be extremely serious. In addition to having a very damaging charge reflected on a person’s criminal record, people can also face the following punishments depending on the specific classification of the alleged criminal offense:
Because a person can be charged with assault even when there are no signs of physical injuries, these cases may involve disputes about what actually occurred. Thus, it may be possible to have such charges reduced or dismissed by using defenses that may include, but are not limited to:
Have you been charged with an assault crime in Florida? You should seek legal counsel as soon as possible for help obtaining the most favorable outcome possible to your case.
Meltzer & Bell, P.A. aggressively defends clients in Wilton Manors, Weston, Coconut Creek, Sunrise, Pompano Beach, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Hollywood, and the greater Fort Lauderdale area. Call (954) 228-2789 today to have our assault attorneys review your case during a free legal consultation.
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