Assault Charges in Florida
Panama City Criminal Defense Lawyer
There is a common misconception that if you do not actually hurt someone,
you have not committed a crime. This is not true, as you may be charged
with assault just for actions that cause someone to fear immediate violence
against them. For example, if you swing your fist or an object at someone
in a fit of anger, causing a well-founded fear of imminent harm coupled
with an apparent ability to do such, you can be arrested for assault.
Panama City Criminal Defense Attorney Albert J. Sauline understands that
the accusations that led to your arrest might have been misconstrued,
exaggerated, misunderstood, or altogether falsified. Regardless of the
specifics surrounding your assault case, Al will vigorously argue your
case start to finish, standing by your side when you need legal counsel the most.
People all across Florida have come to trust Attorney Sauline due to his
numerous accolades and accomplishments, including:
- 10+ years of experience
- 100% focus on criminal defense
- “Superb” Avvo rating
- Strong history of case results
If you would like to know what past clients have to say about Attorney
Sauline, be sure to check out his list of positive
testimonials. If you need to get started as soon as possible, you can request your
free case review now.
Penalties for Assault Convictions
Whenever you are accused of a criminal act, you need to know just what
you are up against, and what consequences could be waiting for you if
you do not take appropriate action. As stated before, assault does not
require any physical contact, but you could still get slammed with punishments
as if you had committed a truly
violent crime. In its least-serious form, assault is considered a second degree misdemeanor
by Florida State law.
Punishments for a second degree misdemeanor include:
- Up to 60 days jail time
- $500 fine
- 6 months of probation
- Restitution paid to victim
Aggravated Assault Crimes
If your alleged actions involved a deadly weapon, your simple assault charges
will likely be escalated to aggravated assault. This could also be true
if your actions were linked to the intent to cause a felony, such as assaulting
someone in hopes of committing grand larceny. The victim’s age,
status, or occupation may also escalate the charges. Aggravated assault
is a felony, and the punishments will be far more severe, including up
to five years in prison or five years of probation, and up to $5,000 in fines.
Contact Albert J. Sauline, III Attorney at Law
Your rights as the accused are our number one focus. It is easy for society
and criminal justice systems to disregard the criminally accused as guilty,
regardless of circumstances and evidence. As a highly experienced and
respected Panama City Criminal Defense Attorney, Mr. Sauline provides
top-notch representation during this troubling time.
Contact the firm
by calling (850) 250-3426 today.