Under Florida Statute Section 784.011, Assault occurs when:
- The defendant intentionally and unlawfully threatened, by word or act, to do violence to the alleged victim.
- At the time, the defendant appeared to have the ability to carry out the threat.
- The defendant’s act created, in the alleged victim’s mind, a well-founded fear that the violence was about to take place.
In Jacksonville, Florida, Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer (or a similar government employee) occurs when the alleged victim of the assault is (1) a law enforcement officer, a firefighter, or emergency medical care provider engaged in the lawful performance of his or her duties and (2) the defendant knows of the alleged victim’s status. (Florida Statute Section 784.07).
Florida Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer is also known as Assault on a LEO in Jacksonville. Jacksonville Simple Assault is a second-degree misdemeanor crime. However, when the alleged victim of the Florida assault is a police officer or a similar official, the punishment for Jacksonville assault on a LEO is enhanced to a first-degree misdemeanor crime under Florida Statute Section 784.07.
If you are charged or anticipate that you may be charged with an assault in Jacksonville, contact a Jacksonville Assault Lawyer as soon as possible. Contact a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer at 20 Miles Law. You can contact a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney at (904) 564-2525 or by email.