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Boca Raton Assault & Battery Lawyer

Arrested for assault or battery? Our firm is here to help.

If you or someone you love has been arrested for assault or battery in the state of Florida, you have no time to waste. Being convicted of a violent crime could have long-lasting consequences on your future, including jail time, fines and a tarnished criminal record. And that's just the start! For this reason, we encourage you to get in touch with a Boca Raton criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Richard Tendler today.

Contact our office today to schedule a consultation. We are available 24/7!

How Assault Is Defined Under Florida Law

According to Florida Statute § 784.011, simple assault is defined as any intentional, unlawful threat by word or act to inflict harm on another person, coupled with the apparent ability to do so. It must also be established that the other person had a well-founded fear that violence was imminent. This means that you could be arrested and charged with assault even if you did not lay a hand on another person.

Assault is prosecuted a second degree misdemeanor, unless "aggravating" factors exist. According to Florida Statute § 784.021, you could be charged with aggravated assault if you used a deadly weapon without intent to kill or the assault was carried out with intent to commit another felony. This crime is a third degree felony under state law, which carries much harsher penalties than those imposed for simple assault.

  • Simple Assault: up to 60 days in jail and $500 in fines
  • Aggravated Assault: up to 5 years in prison and $5,000 in fines

How Battery Is Defined Under Florida Law

Unlike assault, which involves the threat of violence, battery is defined as intentionally touching or striking another person against their will, or intentionally causing bodily injury to another person. Under Florida Statute § 784.03, battery is charged as a first degree misdemeanor. If you have been convicted of a prior battery or felony battery offense, however, you would instead be charged with a felony of the third degree.

If, while committing a battery offense, you intentionally or knowingly cause great bodily harm, permanent disability or permanent disfigurement to another person, or you knew that the victim was pregnant at the time of the offense, you could be charged with aggravated battery. Under Florida Statute § 784.045, aggravated battery is a felony of the second degree. This will result in much harsher penalties than battery.

  • Simple Battery: up to 1 year in jail and $1,000 in fines
  • Aggravated Battery: up to 15 years in prison and $10,000 in fines

Put 15+ Years of Legal Experience to Work for Your Defense

Although assault and battery may seem like minor crimes, they can result in serious legal consequences. The sooner you get in touch with a Boca Raton criminal lawyer, the better it will be for your case, so you should waste no time in speaking with the team at the Law Offices of Richard Tender. With more than a decade of experience in criminal defense, we can provide the aggressive defense that you need.

We are available to take your call 24/7, so you can trust that we will be there for you when you need us most. Contact us today!

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