Jacksonville FL Aggravated Assault Attorneys
Arrested for Aggravated Assault?
Criminal charges of any kind can turn a person’s life upside-down, especially when the crime charged is a felony – a serious offense that can be punished with years of prison time and which seriously impairs a person’s ability to find work, attend school, or take other major life milestones. Florida felony charges are often complex, and no one facing them should do so alone.
Time is of the essence after a Florida aggravated assault charge. Once charges are brought, the police and prosecutors have already begun to build a case on the assumption the charged person is guilty. That’s why it’s crucial to contact a Florida criminal defense attorney as soon as you can. The attorneys at Farah & Farah can help you build a defense that protects your legal rights and seeks the best possible outcome.
Florida’s Aggravated Assault Law
Florida Statutes section 784.021 states that an “aggravated” assault is an assault that is committed in at least one of two ways:
- with a deadly weapon, but without intent to kill, or
- with an intent to commit a felony.
For a Florida judge or jury to convict a person of aggravated assault, it must find beyond a reasonable doubt that each part or “element” of the crime occurred. This includes both that an assault occurred, and that the person who committed the assault did so with a deadly weapon but not intending to kill, and/or did so with the intent of committing a felony.
It is the prosecutor’s job to prove each element of aggravated assault or any crime beyond a reasonable doubt, and most prosecutors do so by aggressively pursuing the case against a person once he or she is charged.
What Are Penalties for Aggravated Assault in Florida?
An aggravated assault in Florida is classified as a third-degree felony. Penalties for this type of crime may include any or all of the following:
- five years in prison;
- $5,000 in fines;
- probation and/or parole;
- anger management or other counseling;
- community service;
- court fees and costs; and
- restitution to any injured victim.
Florida courts also have the power to impose other penalties if the circumstances are appropriate. The penalties listed here are merely the most commonly-used penalties in Florida courts.
In addition, an aggravated assault charge may be used as the basis for a domestic assault charge in Florida, if the prosecutor can prove in court that the assault was carried out against a spouse; former spouse; relative by blood or marriage; housemate or former housemate; or the other parent of the charged person’s child. Domestic assault carries its own particular set of penalties, which can also weigh heavily on any person trying to carry on with daily living.
Farah & Farah – Fighting to Protect Your Legal Rights
The tenacious Jacksonville criminal defense attorneys at Farah & Farah have spent years fighting to protect the legal rights of Floridians. We strive to provide outstanding representation for each client and seek the best possible resolution in every case we handle. For a confidential consultation, contact us today at (904) 263-4610.