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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.

Have you been accused of assault? Call Shepard Law today at (850) 215-5200 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with our assault attorney in Panama City.

What are the Penalties for Assault in FLorida?

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.

Contact Our Panama City Assault Attorney Today

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.

Whether you have been falsely accused or if you were acting in self-defense, our team of Panama City assault attorneys at Shepard Law believes that you deserve dedicated legal representation and will work diligently to clear your name of the charges. If you want a former prosecutor with a proven track record, including more than 6,000 cases, to represent you, call or visit the firm for a free consultation today.

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