Assault Charges in Panama City
What Is an Assault, and What is the Difference Between Assault and Aggravated Assault?
The legal definition of Assault is an "intentional, unlawful threat by word or act to do violence to the person of another," provided that the perpetrator has the apparent ability to carry out the act and does something which places the victim in fear of an impending attack. The charge is increased to Aggravated Assault in cases where the perpetrator is either using a deadly weapon or commits the crime with intent to commit a felony such as robbery or rape. Assault is not to be confused with battery, the offense of unlawfully touching or striking another person.
What are the Penalties for Assault in Panama City, FL?
Assault is charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony in our state, and depending on what level of offense you are accused of committing you face time in either jail or prison. Under Florida Statutes §784.011 (2012), Assault is a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable by up to sixty days in jail and a fine of $500, while Aggravated Assault (§784.021) is a third-degree felony which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and $5,000 in fines
Panama City Criminal Lawyer for Assault Cases
Assault is a common criminal charge in Panama City, with 1,221 reported cases of simple Assault and 589 Aggravated Assault cases in 2013 alone. The team at Shepard Law has extensive experience defending this type of
violent crime case, and they are ready to begin working on a strategy for you immediately.
If you want a former prosecutor with a proven track record including more than 5,000 cases to represent you, call or visit the firm for a free consultation
Whether you have been falsely accused or if you were acting in self-defense, the Panama City criminal attorneys at Shepard Law believe that you deserve dedicated legal representation and will work diligently to clear your name of the charges.