Jacksonville Fighting and Affray Lawyer
Were you arrested after getting into a fight in Duval, Clay, St. Johns, or Nassau County? If so, you may have been arrested for one of several Florida criminal charges. You could be charged with Jacksonville battery, which is a first-degree misdemeanor in Florida. If you were the person that started the fight by hitting the other person, you can be charge with Jacksonville battery. The other person is considered the alleged victim. What if it was a mutual fight? This is considered engaging in mutual combat, you could be charged with Jacksonville fighting or affray. Jacksonville fighting and affray are covered by the Jacksonville Municipal Code Section 614.123. According to Jacksonville Municipal Code Section 614.123, Jacksonville fighting or affray occurs when a person engages in a fight or mutual combat with another person or persons in a public area. Under this Florida fighting and affray law, authorized boxing and wrestling is exempt from this ordinance. This is a Class D offense, so it is punishable by up to sixty days in the Duval County Jail. This is similar to a second degree misdemeanor under Florida’s laws.
Another Florida law prohibits a fighting in Nassau, Duval, Clay, and St. Johns County. Florida Statute 870.01(1) states that affray is a first degree misdemeanor which is punishable by up to one year in a Florida jail. The entire law states:
“(1) All persons guilty of an affray shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
(2) All persons guilty of a riot, or of inciting or encouraging a riot, shall be guilty of a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.”
This Florida statutory law does not define Jacksonville fighting or affray. Under Florida Case Law, Jacksonville fighting or affray occurs when two or more people engage in a fight in a public place which leads to the terror of the people. In order for a person to be guilty of fighting or affray in Jacksonville, there must be some sort of assault or battery involved.
If you are charged with fighting or affray in Jacksonville or the surrounding areas, contact a Jacksonville Fighting and Affray Lawyer. Call a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer at 20 Miles Law. You can contact a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney at (904) 564-2525 or by email.