Each year there are over 900,000 assaults reported in the United States. Types of assault may vary, but generally it is defined as an attempt to cause physical harm to someone when that person is aware of the threat. A felony assault typically involves a firearm or another weapon- even using a body part as a weapon such as a fist. Even without a weapon, an assault will normally be classified as a felony if there was substantial injury to the victim.
There are varying degrees and definitions of assault. For that reason, if you have been charged with a criminal assault it is important that you consult an experienced criminal attorney who can provide the best defense strategy for your particular case. In many cases, someone being arrested for assault may have simply been defending themselves or their property. Regardless of the situation, assault convictions in Florida are punishable with probation, work furlough, and even prison time.
If you, a friend or family member has been charged with assault, it is important that you contact an experienced Fort Myers criminal lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney will need time to prepare your defense, investigate the incident and interview witnesses. Cape Coral criminal attorney Michael Raheb has been successfully defending the criminally accused in Southern Florida for years. Please call our Fort Myers office at 866.339.6617 to set up a free consultation.