Jacksonville Assault Lawyer
Arrested for a violent crime or threatening?
Assault, typically paired with the crime of battery, is a criminal offense
that involves threatening another individual or individuals. In the case
of simple assault, the violence is only "apprehended," meaning
that no physical violence actually had to be present for this crime to
take place. So long as the victim felt that the threat of violence was
real and could actually be carried out, assault is legitimate and will
be charged as a second degree misdemeanor.
Assault can be committed as a crime in and of itself, but is also frequently
accompanied by other crimes or aggravating factors such as the presence
of a deadly weapon or assault with battery. The penalties and the charges
will differ drastically depending on the unique factors present in each
case. If you were arrested and are now facing assault charges, speak with
a Jacksonville assault attorney from our firm immediately.
Work with our dedicated and experienced Jacksonville criminal attorney
today to fight for your rights!
Contact us today at (904) 701-0591!
Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Assault with a deadly weapon is considered aggravated assault. There are
a few different types of aggravated assault recognized in Florida. A deadly
weapon could be considered a gun, a knife or other types of objects used
for the purpose of causing harm such as brass knuckles or explosives.
Even unloaded guns can be considered deadly weapons. According to 784.021
of the Florida Statutes, aggravated assault is defined as "an assault:
a) with a deadly weapon without intent to kill; or b) with an intent to
commit a felony." This is considered a third degree felony. As you
can see, aggravated assault raises the charges from a second degree misdemeanor
up to a felony offense of the third degree.
Penalties for Assault: Misdemeanors & Felonies
Simple assault, when charged as a second degree misdemeanor, is punishable
as provided by 7775.082 or 775.083 of the Florida Statutes. For a misdemeanor
of the second degree, the punishment is a maximum imprisonment of 60 days.
The maximum fine for simple assault is $500. The penalties for a third
degree felony, according to the Florida Statutes, are: maximum imprisonment
of five years, fines up to $5,000 and the potential to be considered as
a habitual felony offender. If the aggravated assault was committed and
the defendant had prior felonies on their record, then they may be sentences
to ten years in prison according to Florida Statute 775.084.
If you are facing an assault charge, you need criminal representation no
matter what your circumstances. You may have prior offenses, you may have
been charged with aggravated assault or you may have no prior experience
with the criminal justice system.
To learn more about your charges as well as what our firm can do for you, please
contact a Jacksonville assault attorney from the firm today!