Assault and Battery: Why a Strong Defense Matters
A charge of assault or battery can greatly impact your life in a negative way. The stress of your situation can affect your career, your relationships, and your emotional health. Depending upon the severity of the charge, you may face a long prison sentence and expensive fines. Protecting your rights with a strong defense requires the services of a legal team familiar with Florida law. If you’ve been charged with assault or battery, contact a Florida defense attorney as soon as possible.
Understanding an Assault Charge
Florida law defines an assault as an intentional, unlawful threat to do violence to someone. In addition to the threat, the ability to carry out the threat or creating such fear in the other person that such violence is imminent can result in an assault charge. If convicted of a second-degree misdemeanor, you may face up to 60 days in jail, a fine of up to $500, or both.
When the charge is aggravated assault, it is often a felony with more serious consequences if convicted. Aggravated assault is an assault with a deadly weapon without an intent to kill or the intent to commit a felony. If found guilty of aggravated assault, possible penalties include up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000, or both.
Understanding a Battery Charge
Florida law defines battery as an intentional touch or a strike to another person against their will. A battery charge is typically a first-degree misdemeanor with penalties of up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $1,000, or both.
Felony battery involves an intentional touch or a strike to another person that results in bodily harm, permanent disability or permanent disfigurement. Another type of battery charge is domestic battery by strangulation. Like aggravated assault, felony battery and domestic battery by strangulation are third-degree felonies. If convicted, you may face up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000, or both.
Protect Your Future
Whether you are dealing with a misdemeanor or a felony charge, securing legal representation can help to protect your future. At Oldham and Delcamp, our team carefully reviews the circumstances of your case and develops the best plan for your defense.
Gordon Oldham and Jack Delcamp are former prosecutors—experience that is invaluable when it comes to defending clients in court. It is also experience that far outweighs the services of overworked and overwhelmed public defenders.
Assault and battery charges are serious matters that demand an aggressive and well-planned defense. We provide the individualized attention clients need as they face court dates and proceedings.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Oldham and Delcamp
Our legal team understands the fear and uncertainty you face during this difficult time. We treat all Oldham and Delcamp clients with the respect they deserve. We also ensure that due process is followed and that improperly obtained evidence is not used against you.
It is important to schedule your free consultation with Oldham and Delcamp without delay. The sooner we review the circumstances of your case, the sooner we can get to work strategically building your defense. Knowing your case is in good hands can provide you with the peace-of-mind you need to refocus on your daily life.
No matter what lead to your charges, you have a right to defend yourself against them. Be proactive about your case and contact us today. We work hard to defend our clients and to help resolve their legal issues. Let us help you with your defense by reaching out to us without delay.
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When your freedom is on the line, you need an attorney that is aggressive, responsive, and experienced. Oldham & Delcamp is committed to making sure that each of our clients receives the personalized attention of one of our attorneys.