Assault/Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer

Under Florida Statute Section 784.011, Assault occurs when:

  1.  The defendant intentionally and unlawfully threatened, by word or act, to do violence to the alleged victim.
  2. At the time, the defendant appeared to have the ability to carry out the threat.
  3. The defendant’s act created, in the alleged victim’s mind, a well-founded fear that the violence was about to take place.

The crime of Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer (or a similar government employee) occurs when the alleged victim of the assault is (1) a law enforcement officer, a firefighter, or emergency medical care provider engaged in the lawful performance of his or her duties and (2) the defendant knows of the alleged victim’s status.  (Florida Statute Section 784.07)

Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer (or similar government employee) may be charged as a second or third degree felony.  If you are charged or anticipate that you may be charged with an assault, you should contact a Jacksonville Florida Criminal Defense Attorney as soon as possible.

Contact our Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyers by email or by calling 904-685-1200.