Tampa Bay - Brandon Florida Assault Criminal Defense Lawyer
Many people use the terms assault and battery interchangeably. They are, however, two separate and distinct crimes in Florida.
Under Florida Statute 784.011, "An "assault" is an intentional, unlawful threat by word or act to do violence to the person of another, coupled with an apparent ability to do so, and doing some act which creates a well-founded fear in such other person that such violence is imminent."
By the very definition of the crime, assault does not require a touching of the other person, just a threat of violence creating a well-founded fear that violence will occur. These types of crimes are very fact sensitive.
Assault charges vary from simple assault to aggravated assault - from misdemeanor to very serious felonies. Some aggravated assault charges have minimum mandatory prison sentences that must be imposed by law.
If you are facing assault charges, you need to hire a Tampa Bay criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A Tampa Bay - Brandon Florida criminal defense lawyer can prepare your defense, interview witnesses, review police reports, analyze and discuss your options with you, and negotiate with prosecutors to reduce, or possibly, dismiss the assault charge altogether.
Have you been charged with assault in Tampa Bay? A criminal defense lawyer from The Lawler Firm can help.
If you are facing assault charges, call The Lawler Firm now for a free no obligation consultation. You will speak to your actual assault criminal defense attorney who will meet with you, even on evenings and weekends. Call Now (813) 431-4470!