Assaults occur when people cause fear of physical harm and batteries occur when people actually physically harm another person. Assault and battery can vary in severity as well.
As assaults and batteries become more severe, the potential consequences become more severe. A simple assault is a second-degree misdemeanor and could result in up to 60 days in jail and a fine up to $500. Aggravated assaults could result in a third-degree felony, five years in jail and up to a $5,000 fine. Simple battery is a first-degree misdemeanor, which could result in up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Felony battery is a third-degree charge and could result in five years in jail and up to a $5,000 fine. If a person is convicted of an aggravated battery, it is a second-degree felony and could result in 15 years in jail and a $10,000 fine.
These penalties can be very significant and completely change people’s lives. However, people will only realize the consequences if they are convicted of the crime. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty and simply being charged does not mean that people will serve jail time or need to pay the fines. There could be defenses available and people could avoid convictions and the penalties that come with them.
Any conviction on charges of violent crimes can result in jail time, steep fines and other harsh penalties. It is important for people who are charged with crimes in Florida to talk to a lawyer about their rights and their options for defending their freedom and their future.