Assault Attorney in Orlando
Defending Assault Charges in Orange County and Seminole County
Almost everyone has their hot-headed moments in life, but when they act on their emotions in the heat of the moment, things can go awfully wrong. Physical fights can break out, objects may get thrown and criminal charges may ensue. Violence is strictly prohibited in Florida, which is why law enforcement officers will work tirelessly to get you off the streets and behind bars.
As a result, it is critical to your future to retain an experienced assault lawyer in Orlando. At The Law Office of Carrie L. Rentz, P.A., clients entrust their charges with our Orlando assault attorney because we obtain unique insights into both sides of the law. As a former prosecutor, Attorney Carrie Rentz can build your defense according to the prosecution’s anticipated attacks. She deeply understands what you’re up against because she used to be on the other side of the court, therefore she will go above and beyond to help mitigate the impacts of your assault case.
Don’t hesitate to get your questions answered during an initial consultation. To speak with our Orlando assault attorney, contact us online or by calling (407) 995-6735!
What Is Assault?
Florida statutes define assault as an intentional, unlawful threat by word or act to do violence to another person, coupled with an apparent ability to do so, and doing some act that creates a well-founded fear of imminent violence in another person. Assault is a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in prison and $500 fines.
An assault charge can involve aggravating circumstances that result in increased legal punishments. Aggravated assault is an assault with a deadly weapon without the intent to kill or with the intent to commit a felony. This is a third-degree felony that is penalized by a maximum of 5 years in prison and $5,000 fines. However, habitual violent offenders may suffer up to 10 years in prison if convicted of aggravated assault.
It’s important to note that assault does not have to result in physical harm. The threat or perceived threat of physical harm is enough to warrant criminal charges. As such, let’s take a look at some examples of assault:
- Threatening to kill someone after they bump into you by accident
- Getting angry when your favorite sports team loses and waving a broken beer bottle at an opposing sports fan’s face
- Attempting to punch someone by swinging towards their neck but missing
- Throwing a heavy object at someone from across the from
- Grabbing someone’s shirt collar and violently shaking them
Possible Defenses to Assault Charges
While assault charges are serious and can have detrimental impacts on your life, there is hope. Depending on the circumstances of your charges, we can incorporate one or more of the following defenses into your case:
- Defense of others
- Defense of property
- False allegations
- Lack of evidence
Allow our Orlando assault attorney to formulate a hard-hitting defense on your behalf and champion your freedom from start to finish, as your fight is our fight. To discuss your situation with us, contact the firm at (407) 995-6735 today! We service clients in Orange County and Seminole County.