Assault & Aggravated Assault Defense Attorney Tampa
Assault and aggravated assault are crimes that many people believe involve an act of violence that results in physical harm to another. This is a common misconception because people generally associate violent conduct with the term “assault.” While the crime of battery does involve an act of violence that results in the physical touching and/or harm to another, the crimes of assault and aggravated assault do not involve the physical act of harming another person. Assault and aggravated assault involve the precursor to physical force, as many assaults ultimately turn into batteries. For those assaults or aggravated assaults that do not result in battery, the accused has not taken that next step of acting out on his or her allegedly violent words.
To ensure you have a complete understanding of assault and aggravated assault, and what potential consequences you are facing if you are charged with the crimes of assault or aggravated assault in Florida, you should consider seeking the advice of a Tampa Violent Crimes Defense Attorney right away. Marc A. Joseph, P.A. has extensive experience helping clients fight assault and aggravated assault charges. With the guidance of Marc A. Joseph, P.A., you are increasing your chances of reaching a favorable result to your assault charge given the unique facts of your case.
Because each case has its own set of facts and circumstances, Marc A. Joseph, P.A. does not use the same plan of action for every case. He formulates a plan that will result in the best outcome for each client. Marc A. Joseph, P.A. also takes pride in working very closely with each client, instead of only informing his clients of the progress of their cases. Some busy attorneys are unable to take the time to work closely with their clients, and you deserve more than being one of a hundred or thousand clients. Marc A. Joseph, P.A. does not consider his clients to only be numbers, as he believes a close attorney-client relationship is an essential element to the favorable resolution of criminal charges like assault and aggravated assault.
Assault in Tampa Florida
Under Florida law, an individual may be charged with and convicted of assault if he or she intentionally and unlawfully says words or does certain acts towards another person such that the person is in fear that he or she will be imminently harmed by the individual. In order to be convicted, it must be proven that the individual actually had the ability to carry out his or her threats of violence to the other person. It must also be proven that the allegedly harmed person did in fact fear that the act of violence was imminent.
Assault under Florida law is considered a second degree misdemeanor, and if an individual is convicted, he or she faces potential jail time not to exceed sixty days, and the imposition of a fine not to exceed $500. The consequences of an assault conviction are not as serious as many other Florida criminal charges that relate to violence. However, even if the consequences are not long-lasting in terms of potential jail time, a tarnished criminal record can be burdensome if you are trying to get a job or attend school. As such, the stronger your legal representation is, the better off you will be in fighting an assault charge that can be a road block to your future.
Aggravated Assault in Tampa Florida
Under Florida law, an individual may be charged with and convicted of aggravated assault if he or she commits an assault, as described above, and does so with the use of a deadly weapon without the intent to kill, or commits assault with the intent to commit a felony. Aggravated assault under Florida law is considered a third degree felony and carries with it the potential for jail time not to exceed five years and the imposition of a fine not to exceed $5,000. This is a rather harsh punishment that may be avoided with the assistance of quality legal representation. By choosing to work with a superior Defense lawyers like Marc A. Joseph, P.A., you will have an attorney who is fighting to prevent the imposition of the harsh punishment that may result from an aggravated assault conviction.
Defending an Assault or Aggravated Assault Charge in
Because assault and aggravated assault in Florida involve the threat of physical harm to another person, you will need a strong defense to disprove the allegations. Further, given that assault does not actually involve the act of violence that results in physical harm to another person, you may have important facts on your side to show that you did not have the intent to cause harm nor did you have the ability to carry out any threat of violence towards another person. When facing assault or aggravated assault charges in Florida, witnesses and surveillance are key factors that can shape the outcome of your case.
A strong defense to an assault or aggravated assault charge in Florida not only involves the presentation of facts that will be used to disprove the criminal charges, but it also includes your attorney’s thorough investigation to determine if your Florida assault or aggravated assault charge can be dismissed. Attorneys who overlook key evidence that could be suppressed on constitutional grounds are not providing their clients with the legal representation they deserve. Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney Mark A. Joseph, P.A. investigates each of his client’s cases with the same attention to detail and dedication because each client deserves the best, regardless of how minor or serious the criminal charges may be.
Defending your case in the most feasible way also involves your attorney’s ability to determine if a negotiated plea deal will be in each client’s best interest. While it is your decision to go to trial, your attorney will help you make an informed decision based on the likelihood of success at trial. Marc A. Joseph, P.A. fulfills each duty he has to every client by exploring all options for the resolution of your Florida assault or aggravated assault charge.
Contact Tampa Aggravated Assault Defense Attorney Marc A. Joseph, P.A. Today for a Free Consultation
Assault and aggravated assault are taken much more seriously than many other crimes given that assault potentially leads to the harm of innocent people. Despite the specific facts of your Florida assault or aggravated assault charge, you deserve the best legal representation possible to fight the criminal charges against you. Regardless of innocence or guilt, you should have an attorney by your side building a strong defense to avoid the most serious of consequences from an assault or aggravated assault conviction. Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney Marc A. Joseph, P.A. has more than 15 years of experience helping individuals from in and around Tampa as well as across the state of Florida. With his knowledge and skill, his clients have a good chance of overcoming an assault or aggravated assault charge without serving significant jail time, although, no two cases are exactly alike and results cannot be guaranteed. To speak with Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney Marc A. Joseph, P.A., contact our office today by calling (813) 234-6374 to schedule your free consultation. Marc A. Joseph, P.A. also defends those who have been charged with Attempted Murder in Tampa, and is available 24/7 to answer your questions and address your concerns.