Assault and battery are separate crimes that carry heavy penalties for those that are convicted. Aggravated assault involves the use of a deadly weapon, such as pointing a gun at another person. In aggravated battery, the perpetrator uses a deadly weapon, intentionally causing bodily harm or permanent disability or disfigurement. The circumstances of a conflict can bring different levels of charges against a person.
As defined by Florida Statutes:
According to Statute 784.011, “an assault is an intentional, unlawful threat by word or act to do violence to the person of another, coupled with an apparent ability to do so, and doing some act which creates a well-founded fear in such other person that such violence is imminent.”
According to Statute 784.03, battery occurs when a person “actually and intentionally touches or strikes another person against the will of the other; or intentionally causes bodily harm to another person.”
Let us investigate the claim against you and defend your innocence. Contact Attorney Jimmie Sparrow at Sparrow Law Office, P.A. at 352-421-9261. We represent clients in Marion, Citrus, Lake, Sumter, and Alachua Counties, Florida.