People often commit criminal acts in the heat of emotion or when they feel threatened; acts that they immediately wish they could take back. Most people would never do the same thing under different circumstances. Suppose for a moment that someone has threatened to harm you or your family. Now imagine that late one night, you notice an unidentified individual standing on the street near your home. You believe this person is watching your door. You arm yourself, maybe with your son’s baseball bat. You go outside to confront the individual. You demand that he leave the location immediately. He may or may not have anything to do with the threat against you or your family. If he makes a report to the police, you can find yourself facing aggravated assault charges.
Aggravated assault is one step up in severity from assault. Assault occurs when you attempt or threaten to harm another individual. Aggravated assault means you did it with a weapon, technically, a deadly weapon, in your possession. Something as innocuous as a baseball bat can be considered a deadly weapon when used to inflict injury on another individual. Aggravated assault is a serious charge, one you should not try to face alone.
The attorneys at Katz & Phillips have successfully represented clients against these kinds of charges before. We have the experience and the know-how to intercede on your behalf. Aggravated assault is a third degree felony in Florida, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. You have a lot to lose if you try to face the charges without focused representation. The sooner you call us, the better we can help you. When you involve the attorneys at Katz & Phillips, we can make a difference between the harshest of penalties or a possible acquittal, depending on the circumstances of your case.