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In Florida, assault and aggravated assault offenses are generally considered violent crimes, which can result in severe repercussions if they lead to a conviction.
Definition of Assault
An assault offense can occur when an individual intentionally threatens by words or actions to violently harm another person, according to Fla. Stat. Â§ 784.011.
Under this law, the alleged offender is required to appear to have the ability to carry out any threat made, and the alleged victim must justifiably be afraid of being assaulted. In Florida, an assault offense does not have to include actual physical touching of another person.
Definition of Battery
A battery is the willful or intentional touching of a person against that person's will by another person, or by an object or substance put in motion by that other person. A defendant who emphatically pokes the plaintiff in the chest with his index finger to emphasize a point may be culpable for battery. A defendant, who spits on a plaintiff, even though there is little chance that the spitting will cause any injury other than to the plaintiff's dignity, has committed a battery.
Many simple assault and battery charges are fights that got out of hand. In addition, just because you were the person arrested does not mean you even started the fight. It just means the other person called the police, or they simply decided to arrest all parties and sort it out later.
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