Jacksonville Assault & Battery Attorneys
Defending the Accused throughout Duval, Clay, Nassau & St. Johns Counties
In Florida, assault and battery are two separate but often related crimes. Additionally, assault and battery charges are further broken up into two categories: simple assault/battery and aggravated assault/battery. The nature and circumstance surrounding your arrest will determine whether you face misdemeanor or felony charges but, in any case, you face harsh penalties if you are convicted.
At Monroe & King, P.A., we provide aggressive legal representation for those accused of assault and/or battery in Jacksonville and throughout Duval, Clay, Nassau, and St. Johns counties. Our award-winning criminal defense attorneys have a proven track record of success in the courtroom; we are well-equipped and fully prepared to fight for you and your rights.
Understanding Your Assault & Battery Charges
Many people mistakenly believe that “assault” and “battery” are the same thing. However, in Florida, these are two distinct crimes. While battery involves actual physical contact between two individuals, assault merely involves the threat of harm/violent contact. This means that you can be arrested for and charged with assault even if you never touch the other person. Additionally, depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident, your charges could be elevated from simple assault/battery to aggravated assault/battery.
The definitions of and typical penalties for assault and battery in the state of Florida are as follows:
- Simple Assault: Defined as a less severe threat of violence made against another person (e.g. threatening to punch someone) when the alleged victim reasonably believed the other person could and would cause them harm; typically charged as a misdemeanor with penalties including up to 60 days in jail and a fine of up to $500
- Aggravated Assault: Defined as a more serious threat of violence (e.g. making a death threat) against another person and when the alleged victim had reason to believe the other person could and would cause them harm; typically charged as a third-degree felony with penalties including up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000
- Simple Battery: Defined as minor intentional, unwanted contact made by one person against another (e.g. pushing someone during an argument); typically charged as a first-degree misdemeanor with penalties including up to 1 year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000
- Aggravated Battery: Defined as the intention to cause serious bodily harm or the actual infliction of serious bodily harm (with or without the use of a deadly weapon) against another person (e.g. hitting someone on the head with a blunt object); typically charged as a second-degree felony with penalties including up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000
A conviction for assault and/or battery will not only impact your finances and your freedom but will also have an immense, negative effect on nearly every aspect of your life. You may be required to pay restitution to the victim in separate civil proceedings, attend anger management programs, and receive mandatory probation. If you are arrested, you will have a permanent criminal record (unless you qualify for expungement), which puts you at risk of losing your job, being unable to obtain future employment, and experiencing difficulties in finding housing or securing a loan.
Contact Our Firm Right Away
The sooner you reach out to a qualified Jacksonville assault and battery defense lawyer, like the ones at Monroe & King, P.A., the better. When you contact our firm, we will provide you with a complimentary consultation and case evaluation, during which time we can inform you of your legal rights and determine your best course of action.
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