Facing Assault And Battery Charges In Florida? Get An Attorney’s Help.
People typically use the terms assault and battery together. While related, these are two separate crimes. However, both types of charges are extremely serious, and a conviction could mean time in jail and a criminal record.
I am attorney David A. Carroll. Based in Pensacola, Florida, I have more than 25 years of criminal defense experience protecting the rights of people facing serious assault charges. I know the local judges and prosecutors; I can put you in the best position to minimize the negative effects of an arrest.
What Assault Means Under Florida Law
Here in Florida, assault means making a threat of imminent harm to another person. This could include through your words, a gesture or any other intimidating act. Prosecutors must prove that the victim feared that you were about to harm him or her.
Assault laws fall under three categories: simple assault, aggravated assault and felony assault.
What Battery Means Under Florida Law
You will face battery charges if prosecutors allege that you made physical contact with the victim. Like assault, the law is broken down into three categories: simple battery, felony battery and aggravated battery. The third category involves using a deadly weapon in the commission of the crime.
In every case, I will look into the allegations to determine if there is a viable defense. These can include:
- Acting in self-defense or in defense of someone else
- The contact was accidental
- You had no violent intent behind a threat or act
- You were given consent to make physical contact
Talk To An Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
When you are facing serious criminal charges that can affect your future, it is important to build a strong defense quickly with an attorney’s help. To learn more, call my law office in Pensacola, Florida, today at 850-270-7863 or send me an email to schedule a consultation. I accept credit cards and offer payment plans.