Have you been charged with assault in Tampa Bay? A criminal defense lawyer from The Lawler Firm can help.
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.
Simple assault as described above is a second-degree misdemeanor in Florida. It is punishable by up to sixty days in jail, six months of probation, fines and court costs, restitution to the victim, and law enforcement investigative costs. Conditions of probation may also include anger management counseling, restraining orders, community service, and alcohol restrictions.
If you have been charged with assault, you need to hire a Tampa Bay criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. A Tampa Bay - Brandon Florida assault 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.
If you have been charged with assault, 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!