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Assault: F.S. 784.011
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A ssault is defined in Florida Statute § 784.011. It is basically proven the same way as aggravated assault, the only difference being that it does not involve the use of a deadly weapon or a plan to commit a felony:
- The defendant intentionally and unlawfully threatened, either by word or act, to do violence to the victim.
- At the time, the defendant appeared to have the ability to carry out the threat.
- The act of the defendant created in the mind of a victim a well-founded fear that the violence was about to take place.
Assault, or simple assault, is a second degree misdemeanor, which means that if convicted of this crime you could be looking at doing sixty (60) days in the county jail. Two months in jail can cost you your job, your home, and more.