Assault/Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer
Under Florida Statute Section 784.011, Assault occurs when:
- The defendant intentionally and unlawfully threatened, by word or act, to do violence to the alleged victim.
- At the time, the defendant appeared to have the ability to carry out the threat.
- 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.
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