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Duval County Assault & Battery Defense Lawyer

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Assault and battery charges are serious offenses that can result in severe criminal penalties. In Florida, battery involves intentionally touching or striking another person against their will, while assault involves intentionally threatening to commit an act of violence. The state may charge a defendant with assault even if the alleged victim was not physically harmed.

At First Coast Criminal Defense, we understand the complexities of Florida assault and battery laws. Our Duval County assault defense attorney can review the facts of your case and help you determine the best way to proceed. Whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony charges, we can provide the aggressive representation you need in your corner.


Call (904) 474-3115 or contact us online today to request a free initial consultation.


What is the Difference Between Assault and Battery?

While assault and battery are often used interchangeably, they are two distinct crimes under Florida law.

Assault involves intentionally threatening another person with violence and convincing them that you are capable of and will carry out the threat. Assault does not involve physical contact or harm to the alleged victim. Simple assault is a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. If the alleged victim is a law enforcement officer, healthcare provider, or other protected worker, it is a first-degree misdemeanor that carries up to 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Battery, on the other hand, involves intentionally touching or striking another person against their will. Battery does not require proof of physical injury. Simple battery is a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Aggravated battery is a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

How to Defend Against Assault & Battery Charges

Assault and battery charges are defensible. Depending on the circumstances of your case, our attorneys can use various defenses to fight your charges, such as the following:

  • Self-Defense: Florida law permits the use of force against another person if you reasonably believe it is necessary to protect yourself or someone else from imminent harm. If you can prove that you acted in self-defense, you may be able to have your charges reduced or dismissed.
  • Defense of Others: Similar to self-defense, you may be able to claim that you acted in defense of others if you reasonably believed it was necessary to protect someone else from imminent harm.
  • Consent: While consent is not a valid defense to all assault and battery charges, it can be a defense to certain types of cases, such as those involving sports or other recreational activities.
  • Lack of Intent: To be convicted of assault or battery, the state must prove that you acted intentionally. If you can show that you did not intend to threaten or physically harm the alleged victim, you may be able to have your charges reduced or dismissed.

Why Choose First Coast Criminal Defense?

Assault and battery charges are serious, but you don’t have to face the criminal justice system alone. At First Coast Criminal Defense, we are dedicated to protecting your rights and helping you fight for a favorable outcome.

As a boutique law firm, we are able to provide the personalized attention and aggressive representation you need. Our attorneys will work directly with you throughout the entire legal process and are always available to answer your questions and address your concerns.

We are proud to serve clients throughout Duval County. Attorney Alex King is well-versed in Florida assault and battery laws and can provide the strong defense you need.


Our attorneys are ready to fight for you. Call (904) 474-3115 or contact us online today to get started with a free consultation.


"I have had the pleasure of working with First Coast Criminal Defense, and it was a wonderful experience, I would highly recommend this Firm. They are totally responsive and will walk you through each phase step by step!"
Vincent

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