Understanding Assault Charges
Have you been charged with assault or battery? A St. Petersburg criminal defense attorney from Taracks & Associates may be able to help you clear your name, but it is vital that you take action now. Fill out our free case evaluation form, so that an attorney from our team can begin work on your defense immediately. With over twenty-five years of combined experience and a team that includes a former prosecutor, we know how to get results for our clients.
Fighting Assault & Battery Charges in St. Petersburg
You can be charged with assault simply for threatening to do violence to another person, as it is an "intentional, unlawful threat by word or act," along with the apparent ability to cause harm. As described in section 784.011 of the Florida Statutes, it is a misdemeanor of the second degree, carrying a sentence of up to sixty days in jail and a $500 fine. Battery occurs if you actually and intentionally touch or strike the victim against that person's will, or intentionally cause bodily harm. It is a first degree misdemeanor, punishable by a $1,000 fine and as much as a year in jail.
Fighting violent crime charges can be difficult, but through the use of witness testimony and other evidence, we may be able to demonstrate that you were acting in self-defense, or that you have been falsely accused. The police frequently arrest the wrong person for an assault or battery, such as if they arrive at the scene of a fight and assume that the person with worse wounds is the victim, while in fact that person was the aggressor. You can maximize your chances of a favorable outcome by refraining from discussing the situation with investigators and retaining our services as early as possible.