Aggravated Assault Is Usually Charged as a Felony in Jacksonville
A slap across the face or making the threat of physical harm constitutes as a simple assault in Jacksonville. But when the assault is elevated and includes more violent behavior such as with the use of weapons or through the intent to do serious bodily harm to another person, a simple assault can quickly turn into an aggravated assault charge.
Most all aggravated assault charges are considered felonies, meaning you will need to retain the services of a highly-rated criminal defense attorney if you have been charged with this type of crime.
Possible Defenses Against an Aggravated Assault Charge
Fortunately, there are many possible defense strategies that can be employed by your attorney if you have been charged with this crime.
The most common of these is self-defense. To establish a claim of self-defense, you must be able to show a real threat of force existed against you, that you were in fear of being harmed, that you did not provoke the other person, and that you could not retreat or escape. There are limitations, but an attorney will first explore this as a possibility.
You can also make the claim that you were defending others. The same standards apply, except that your fear was on behalf of another person or people. In some cases, it may also be possible to claim that you were defending your property, especially if your home is involved.
Contact Us to Help You Defend Against an Aggravated Assault Charge
Finnell, McGuiness, Nezami & Andux serves clients in Jacksonville and surrounding Northeast Florida communities. With more than 100 years of combined practice, our nationally acclaimed team of attorneys can provide you with experienced and knowledgeable representation related to aggravated assault and other criminal defense charges, personal injury and family law issues in both Florida state and federal courts.
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