Florida’s legal definition of assault is, “an intentional, unlawful threat by word or act to do violence to the person of another, coupled with an apparent ability to do so, and doing some act which creates a well-founded fear in such other person that such violence is imminent.”
When someone makes the threat of bodily harm to another person, and has the apparent and present ability to cause that harm, it may be considered assault and could result in civil or criminal liability.
If you are charged with assault, speak to a lawyer at Khonsari Law Group and learn if we may be able to help you. Our team of legal professionals is dedicated to giving our clients the very strongest defense, and working for the best possible outcome in every case. Contact our office at (727) 269-5300 or online to schedule a free consultation.
Assault cases involving celebrities commonly make the news. Infamously, Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Chris Brown was arrested in 2009 for assaulting his then-girlfriend Rihanna. The couple had argued, and Brown subsequently acted in a threatening and harmful manner. Brown pled guilty to one count of assault with the intent of doing great bodily injury, and was sentenced to 180 days of community service and five years of probation.
Best known for her acting on television and in films during the 1950s and 1960s, Zsa Zsa Gabor stood out among beautiful celebrities with her distinctive Hungarian accent. Gabor made headlines in 1989 when she slapped a police officer after he had stopped her for a driving violation. The officer arrested Gabor for assault. She received probation, but spent three days in jail after violating its terms.
In November 2018, a 40-year-old man suffered injuries after actor Alec Baldwin allegedly punched him during an argument over a New York City parking space. Police arrested Baldwin for harassment and assault. This case remains unresolved, and Baldwin’s court date is not known.
Assault may be criminally charged or claimed in a civil case. Common examples of criminal assault include:
It is not unusual for a person who is angry or feels threatened to become overwrought or caught up in the “heat of the moment.” However, impulsive or reactive decisions made under such circumstances have the potential to lead to dire consequences. The lawyers at Khonsari Law Group are experienced in assault cases, and understand how the facts should inform the individual defense plans of our clients. Common defenses for assault cases may include:
Under Florida law, as in other states, violent crimes have the most severe penalties. While outcomes are determined by the facts of the case, standard sentences for assault convictions include: