Assault is a criminal charge that addresses an individual's attempt to cause physical harm or threats that an individual may make against another in order to cause fear of physical harm in order to acquire something of value from the victim. Common types of assault are charged in sex crimes, assault and battery, and assault with a deadly weapon and others. An experienced criminal defense attorney may represent your best chance of minimizing or avoiding penalties for assault as the assistance of a skilled legal professional is not only an advantage, but also a basic requirement for success in court.
Assault charges are taken very seriously by Florida law enforcement and prosecutors alike, and every attempt will be made on behalf of the state to convict those who have been charged. Assault trials can be complicated and sometimes confusing for defendants who may not be getting all the information they need from a public defender to truly understand the status of their defense. In situations where your defense cannot achieve victory, the convictions that follow can result in a second-degree misdemeanor with up to 60 days in jail and fines not exceeding $500. When the criminal act involves a deadly weapon or is perpetrated against police officers, firefighters, and some other special protected professions.
Depending on the specifics of the circumstances, it can be challenging for prosecutors to prove guilt in an assault trial. Proving threats may be difficult because threats do not leave physical evidence, and often rely on eye-witness testimony which can be put into question. The skilled Orlando violent crime lawyers at Ali & Blankner have all experienced the execution of law from the prosecution side, which gives us a distinct advantage in terms of understanding how the state organizes and prepares for an assault case. Our firm will work tirelessly to be a successful advocate for your needs, and we will fight hard to see the prosecutions' case weakened while we work to strengthen yours in whatever ways possible.
Contact an Orlando assault defense lawyer if you have been accused of assaulting another person and want to speak with a qualified legal professional about the options available to you for defense.