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Florida Assault Attorney

Assault – Florida Statute 784.011

Experienced lawyer aggressively defending assault charges.

Under Florida criminal law1, the offense of “assault” occurs if a prosecutor can prove that you intentionally threatened a person with violence and your actions created a well-founded fear in the victim that harm was imminent. You do not have to actually harm or even make contact with anyone in order to find yourself facing assault charges. The following are some common examples of actions that may result in Florida assault charges:

  • “Swing and a miss”–you swing at someone as if to punch them but miss
  • Driving a car toward another person as if to hit them
  • Threatening someone with a weapon, such as a glass bottle, baseball bat, or firearm

You may be convicted of assault even if you never intended to actually harm anyone as a prosecutor must only prove that you intended to cause fear of harm. Proving intent can be very subjective and, therefore, many people are wrongfully convicted of assault when what occurred was simply a misunderstanding. For this reason, you should always contact an attorney who has experience defending this type of charge if you have been arrested under suspicion of assault.

Florida criminal defense lawyer Stephen G. Cobb has defended numerous assault cases and fully understands the possible legal defenses available under Florida law. If you have been arrested for or charged with assault, contact our office at 850-651-6565 for help as soon as possible.

Penalties For Assault in Florida

Depending on the circumstances of a particular case, a prosecutor may charge assault as a misdemeanor or felony. The following are some possible assault charges:

  • Misdemeanor assault, non-domestic
  • Misdemeanor assault, domestic
  • Felony aggravated assault, non-domestic
  • Felony aggravated assault, domestic
  • Felony aggravated assault with a firearm

The potential penalties you may face will depend on how the offense was charged and on any aggravating factors that may be alleged. For example, if you are convicted of simple assault, you may receive a second-degree misdemeanor on your record and may receive up to 60 days in jail, fines, or probation. On the other hand, if the prosecutor alleges that a firearm was involved, you may receive a serious felony conviction on your record, with a sentence of 10 years in state prison if you pulled out the gun or 20 years in prison if the gun was fired. As you can see, the penalties for assault can become very serious very quickly depending on the circumstances of your case.

Contact An Experienced Florida Criminal Defense Attorney For Assistance

Many people facing assault charges believe they can handle the case on their own, and may even ask family or friends to contact the alleged assault victim to try to convince them to “drop the charges.” You should never do this, however, as only a prosecutor has the ability to dismiss criminal charges and, if the prosecutor learns that someone has been in contact with the victim, they may even issue charges of witness tampering–a third degree felony.

If you have been arrested for assault, you should never try to handle your case on your own. Instead, contact the highly skilled legal team at the Florida Criminal Defense Legal Group in Northwest Florida for assistance as soon as possible. We will thoroughly investigate your case and provide aggressive defense representation to protect your rights in all types of assault cases.

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“"This is actually one of the best law firms I've had the pleasure of dealing with. They stick with you throughout the entire process, walking you through every step and they know the law! They were able to help me get out of a situation that had occurred because of a technicality and was very knowledgeable in the process. I would recommend them to anyone."”

James S.

“"Such a great service to go through when dealing with any legal matter! Mr. Cobb is very knowledgable and will take the time to understand and communicate with you in a timely manner."”

Dreeana A.

“"Everything was great and smooth working with Mr. Cobb. He was fast and efficient and answered any questions I had."”

Joshua T.

“"I would recommend Attorney Cobb to others. I would describe him as an honest and straightforward lawyer. All my concerns were addressed."”

Crystal H.

“"He was excellent, he did everything without me having to do much especially not living close. I hired him and told him everything and he did it all and it was a great experience. The legal assistant that works there was also amazing."”

Joseph S.

“"It was as clean of a process as it could have been for me. He handled everything for me because I live out of state and made it so simple and easy. He was great and thorough and I hardly had to do anything."”

William S.

“"If you can hire Stephen as your attorney then definitely do that. He talked openly and gave me assurance and even his legal assistant that works there is amazing. I never had any problems or trouble with them."”

Lonnie M.

“"I have used other lawyers in the past. I was facing years but left court with probation and a suspended sentence. Thank you and god bless you."”

Jason

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