On behalf of Michael A. Gottlieb, P.A. posted in violent crimes on Thursday, January 28, 2016.
Criminal charges for assault can be filed even in the absence of any physical contact between two people. This is an aspect of Florida state law that leaves some defendants feeling confused or disconcerted. Assault, aggravated assault and even assault with a deadly weapon are sometimes determined not by a person’s action but by his or her words or perceived intent. These charges are quite serious, and we understand the need for a personal and customized defense plan.
So-called violent crimes are often prosecuted harshly regardless of the exact charge. This puts most defendants in a vulnerable and potentially overwhelming situation where they are unsure of how to proceed. While violent crimes are often lumped together in the news or general discussions, the difference between a simple assault and an aggravated assault necessitates a different approach to defense strategies.
Charges for assault with a deadly weapon is another violent crime that requires a personalized approach to defense. Items that might not be considered dangerous when considered independent of an alleged crime can still be counted as a deadly weapon when viewed in the terms of a possible crime or assault. Even common items found in most household toolboxes, such as screwdrivers and hammers, can suddenly be viewed as a deadly or dangerous item in the eyes of the law.
No one should have to face criminal charges without an understanding of his or her intrinsic rights and protections under the law. We believe that each and every defendant in Florida should be empowered and able to understand the details of the charges he or she faces. Whether accused of assault or other violent crimes, our firm works closely with our Florida clients in order to construct the most suitable approach to their case.