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Regardless of which state you are in, an assault accusation is a serious offense that should be regarded just as seriously. Like any other charge, if a judge determines that you are guilty and you receive either a misdemeanor or felony assault conviction, that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Make sure you are prepared and ready for court by posting bail. When you need help with an assault bail bonds in St. Petersburg, FL, contact Al Estes Bail Bonds at 727-571-9999.
Types of Assault and How to Help Yourself
In the state of Florida, there are several classifications for assault. If you have been accused and/or arrested for assault, it’s important to know the difference. Knowing it can help you understand the charges and make a well-informed case for yourself. To do that, you may need to post bail and for that, you can rely on Al Estes Bail Bonds.
Simple assault is when one person threatens harm against another person leading them to believe the harm is imminent. More often than not, a simple assault occurs without physical contact but there is a threat of violence. The threat can be issued through written contact or verbally. Simple assault offenses are processed as second-degree misdemeanors that can be punishable by up to 6-months in jail and up to $500 in fines.
When a simple assault is combined with the use, or the threat of use, with a deadly weapon it immediately becomes an aggravated assault. The deadly weapon could be a firearm, chemical spray, or any object that could cause bodily harm. It’s important to note that no actual contact or evidence of wounding to be officially charged with aggravated assault. More importantly, there does not need to be contact for an aggravated assault accusation. It is the threat of violence with a deadly weapon that can result in an arrest. Aggravated assault is often charged as a felony. Whether it is a first, second, or third-degree felony is dependent on the severity of the threat.
Assault vs. Battery
Assault vs. Battery
Contrary to popular belief, there is a difference between assault and battery. As mentioned, assault is often defined as the threat of violence, though there is rarely physical contact. Battery is the intentional, non-consensual physical contact with another person. So not only is there a threat of violence but then there is also the physical contact as well. This is why many can get the two terms confused because battery can occur independently or simultaneously with assault, aggravated or simple. Whether a battery charge is deemed a misdemeanor or a felony will depend on the threat, the severity of the violence, as well as your previous criminal history.