Working To Avoid The Serious Penalties Of An Assault Conviction
Assault is a very specific charge in Florida and must be considered separately from battery charges. Someone can press charges for assault if he or she feels threatened with physical violence against his or her person. This can include verbal threats, intimidating actions or threatening behavior. Clearly, whether someone has been assaulted is very much in the mind of the person who feels threatened.
Often, police who are called to the scene of an altercation in a bar or restaurant, a concert venue, or in any public or domestic setting feel compelled to charge someone with assault in order to remove one party from the scene. In many cases, getting arrested and charged is a matter of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
If you have been charged with misdemeanor or felony assault charges, call Ringsmuth, Day & O’Halloran, PLLC, in Fort Myers, right away. We will investigate the allegations and protect your rights. An assault charge is serious and requires a serious defense to avoid a conviction and harsh penalties. We will do everything we can to challenge the police evidence and charges against you, and look for a solution that does not include a conviction.
What Is The Difference Between Assault And Battery?
Assault charges may be filed if a victim feels the threat of harm or an act of violence by another person. This can include nonphysical actions such as verbal abuse, stalking, pointing a weapon or making threatening gestures. To be considered assault, there must be a criminal intent in the perpetrator’s actions.
Battery charges take assault one step further, requiring physical contact with criminal intent to commit emotional or physical harm or injury to the victim.
Decades Of Experience
As criminal law attorneys, we have been representing people charged with felony aggravated assault, misdemeanor assault and other violent charges for more than 70 combined years. We have an in-depth understanding of current Florida statutes, relevant case law and how prosecutors will prepare their cases to seek a conviction.
Will You Go To Jail?
A jail sentence is a serious and real potential consequence for anyone charged and convicted of assault. Our firm will fight aggressively to give you the best possible defense and work to find options that will potentially keep you out of custody, including probation and anger management programs that may be appropriate as an alternative to a conviction.
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Call 239-245-9190 or toll-free at 800-416-1434, or contact us by email to arrange an opportunity to meet with one of our lawyers to discuss your case. If you cannot come to our offices in Fort Myers, we will make arrangements to come to you.