Aggravated Assault is treated as a violent offense in Florida and the State will be seeking harsh penalties. However, your situation is not hopeless. I can help you.
There are a few things you can do to increase your chances of a good outcome in your case.
- Do not talk to the police about your case.
- Do not try to contact the alleged victim to “work this out.”
- As soon as possible, talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney who defends Destin Aggravated Assault cases.
I have seen firsthand how following these three pieces of advice has saved people from an Aggravated Assault conviction on their record.
My name is Tim Flaherty. I’m a Destin aggravated assault defense attorney who has been practicing throughout Okaloosa County since 2001. Call Flaherty & Merrifield today at (850) 460-7470.
Aggravated Assault in Destin under Florida Law
Florida Statue 784.021 defines Aggravated Assault as:
“an aggravated assault is an assault (threat to do violence) (a)with a deadly weapon without intent to kill or (b) with an intent to commit a felony.”
In order for the State to convict you of Aggravated Assault, they must be able to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt that:
- A threat to commit violence against another person was intentional;
- The person must have had the ability to carry out an act of violence.
- The alleged victim must have had a well-founded fear that violence was imminent; and
- A deadly weapon was involved.
It is my job to attack the State’s position and keep them from being able to prove the above listed elements.
Penalties for Destin Aggravated Assault Charges
Aggravated assault in Florida is classified as a 3rd degree felony and is punishable by up to 5 years in prison, along with a felony conviction on your record. Aggravated Assault is also one of the charges that cannot be expunged or sealed unless the case is dismissed.
With the stakes so high, it is crucial that you contact a criminal defense attorney who has experience and success getting Aggravated Assault charges reduced or dismissed.
Defending your Aggravated Assault Case
I know how high the stakes are and the impact a felony conviction will have on your life. I will do everything possible to make sure you are not incarcerated or a convicted felon. I will go through every piece of evidence the State has and formulate a defense that best suits your individual case and protects you from the worst case scenario.
Get help from a Destin Aggravated Assault Attorney
If you have been charged with Aggravated Assault in Destin, you probably feel like your life and future is in the hands of the State. Don’t let the State or the public defender convince you that you do not have any options. After many years of defending these cases, I have learned that no case is hopeless.