Assault, battery, or aggravated assault or battery are serious charges in the state of Florida; a conviction will leave you facing harsh punishment that may include jail time. At Adams & Luka, we know that in many cases, an argument or disagreement gets out of hand, resulting in assault and battery charges. An individual does not have to be the instigator in order to face criminal charges. The simple fact that the other person involved contacted police could be enough to result in an arrest. In some cases, police may arrive at the scene and arrest everyone they suspect is involved, then sort out the details later. When you need a qualified Lake County assault and battery attorney, count on Adams & Luka to vigorously defend your legal rights and fight on your behalf.Our areas of focus in assault and battery cases include:
There are differences between assault, battery, and aggravated assault or aggravated battery. Many people believe these offenses are one and the same, however they are different.
Assault creates fear in another person by an intentional threat which may be either vocal or an act making the other person believe that violence (physical harm) is imminent.
Aggravated assault occurs when a person uses a deadly weapon but does not intend to kill someone, or when there is intent to commit a felony.
Battery occurs when a person causes bodily harm to another person intentionally, or purposely strikes or touches another individual without that person's permission or consent.
When someone is seriously injured, permanently disfigured or even disabled by the perpetrator who causes the damage intentionally, or a deadly weapon is used in the commission of a battery, it becomes aggravated battery.
The penalties for those convicted on assault and battery charges vary, depending on which offense you are charged with, criminal history, and other factors. For a simple assault, a conviction may result in up to 60 days in jail along with a $500 fine. The penalties for battery include up to one year in jail if charged as a misdemeanor, or up to five years in jail if charged as a felony. Aggravated assault may leave you facing punishment that includes a maximum of five years in jail, along with fines of up to $5,000. The most serious of all, aggravated battery may leave those found guilty facing up to 15 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000.Contact Adams & Luka Now
As you can see, the penalties for assault and battery offenses are serious. At Adams & Luka, our Lake County assault and battery lawyers are on your side; we will fight vigorously on your behalf in our efforts to have charges dismissed or reduced, or to win at trial. You have legal rights that must be protected. Call our firm for a free consultation at (352)787-2101 and let us begin work on your case today.