Assault vs. Aggravated Assault

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

In the state of Florida, assault is defined as “an intentional threat by word, or act that seeks to physically harm another, coupled with an apparent ability to do so, which creates a well-founded fear in such other person that such violence is imminent.” Assault is a second degree misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail and $500 in fines.

Florida criminal law states that aggravated assault is “an assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill; or with an intent to commit a felony.” Aggravated assault is a third degree felony and has a maximum penalty of 5 years in jail and $5000 in fines.

Legal Representation

The definitions and penalties of these two crimes are different, but both are aggressively pursued by the District Attorney’s office. When you are charged with either of these crimes, you need a dedicated and experienced criminal defense attorney to help ensure you are treated fairly, and your side of the story is heard.

Nothing is ever black and white. The criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm know how complex and involved instances of assault and aggravated assault can be. We will take the time necessary to build an effective case on your behalf, and help see that justice is truly served.

If you have been accused of a crime in or around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myers, Florida, please contact the criminal defense attorneys at the Cochran Firm South Florida to schedule an initial consultation today.