Fort Lauderdale Assault & Battery Defense Attorney
Assault & Battery Laws in Florida
Although assault and battery are used interchangeably, they are considered two separate offenses in Florida. Assault means intentional actions, threats, or words that would make another person feel afraid of imminent harm, while battery is the actual unconsented touching.
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Simple Assault vs. Aggravated Assault
There are two categories of assault and battery charges in the state: Simple assault and simple battery are described above.
On the other hand, aggravated assault and aggravated battery involves a deadly weapon, having an intent to commit a felony offense, serious or permanent injury, or a pregnant or “special” victim (e.g. police officer, firefighter, EMT, etc.).
What are the Penalties for Assault?
Simple assault is a second-degree misdemeanor, which carries a jail term of up to 60 days and a maximum fine of $500. By contrast, aggravated assault is a third-degree felony, punishable by imprisonment for up to five years and a maximum fine of $5,000.
Simple battery is a first-degree misdemeanor, which can result in a maximum jail sentence of one year and a fine no more than $1,000. Aggravated battery is a second-degree felony, which can lead to a prison term of up to 15 years and a fine not exceeding $10,000.
Ready to Protect Your Freedom & Future
Whether you have been falsely accused or were actually the victim of a physical altercation, assault and battery charges in Florida can lead to harsh criminal penalties if convicted. You need to do whatever it takes to defend yourself and get your charges dismissed, which is why hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you accomplish that goal.
If you or a loved one has been accused of assault or battery in Florida, our Fort Lauderdale assault and battery defense attorney at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Grossman, LLC is dedicated to helping you either get your case dismissed altogether or your charges/penalties reduced to avoid serving jail or prison time. We have the trial-tested experience protect your rights and freedom throughout the legal process and provide the attention and responsiveness your case deserves.
Since a conviction can result in serious and lasting criminal penalties, having a skilled criminal defense lawyer on your side can make a huge difference in your case. Our legal team has handled more than 10,000 criminal cases and we are not afraid to take your case to trial to obtain the best outcome possible.
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