Most people believe assault occurs when someone physically harms another person. Under the law, there does not need to be any physical contact for an assault to occur. The mere threat of imminent physical harm is enough to be charged with assault. Assault sometimes can be viewed as the "near miss" or imminent threat of a harmful or offensive touching. If someone actually makes contact with another that is harmful or offensive to the other person and is without the consent to the other person, then battery has taken place. If you have been accused of assault or battery, it is crucial you immediately contact a skilled Orlando criminal attorney to discuss your case.
Depending on whether there was contact or not, the result can vary from a low grade second degree misdemeanor to a first degree misdemeanor, in which the potential sactions can range from 60 day to one year in jail, and fines from $500.00 to $1,000.00, depending on the charge and facts of the case. If the injuries are minor and you do not have prior convictions, you may be exposed to moderate sanctions in the forms of jail time,or probation, fines, community service, injunctive orders, restitution orders, and other remedies the court deems fair and just under the Florida Statutes. Nonetheless, even the most basic misdemeanor charge can expose you a wide range of penalties though, including but not limited to community service, fines, injunctions, and even temporary loss of your driving privileges. If you are accused of committing a misdemeanor level assault or battery, you need a quality Orlando criminal lawyer. Contact attorney Paul Courtright.
These crimes can happen anywhere, and at anytime. Too often though, they occur in places that serve alcohol or where there are pre-existing tensions between the defendant and the victim. If you were under the influence of either alcohol or drugs at the time of the crime, attorney Paul Courtright may be able to help you resolve your case with a lighter sentence in exchange for participating in counseling for drug or alcohol addiction. Even if you were sober, your attorney may be able to negotiate similar or reduced sanctions if you agree to attend and complete certain anger management therapy or psychological counseling.
Often, the victim and defendant are identified by the police officer at the scene using completely subjective criteria or decisions where the intent is only to separate the parties from each other and break up the situation. Sometimes the officer may be influenced by friends of the alleged victim, who exaggerate or fabricate the actions taken by the alleged aggressor in order to make their victim friend appear innocent. If these situations sound familir to you and your case, lawyer Paul Courtright may be able to bring to light the details of the fight to prevent an improper charge against you for a crime in which the alleged victim was as responsible, or more responsible, for causing the assault or battery.
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