Assault with a Deadly Weapon
If you have been accused of assaulting another individual with a deadly weapon, you could be charged with aggravated assault. This crime is usually charged as a Class 3 felony, which can result in up to five years in prison if you are convicted. This type of charge can be very confusing. Many people do not realize that assault is different from battery, meaning if you simply threaten another individual with a deadly weapon and do not actually harm them, you could still be charged with an assault offense. Battery is generally defined as the action of touching and / or harming the victim ("battering" them) against their will in some way.
An assault crime is generally defined as an intentional and unlawful threat (through words or actions) to commit violence upon another person. This type of crime will be elevated to aggravated assault if law enforcement believes you used a "deadly weapon" in assaulting the victim. It is important to remember that a deadly weapon does not have to be a firearm. It can be a pipe, frying pan, crowbar, kitchen knife, broken bottle or other weapon that could inflict deadly harm. No matter what your charges involve, an attorney could be able to give you the help that you need.
Aggravated Assault Defense in Tampa
If you have been charged with aggravated assault, you need to speak with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The legal team at Thomas & Paulk has years of experience handling these kinds of cases in Tampa Bay and the surrounding areas. Your lawyer could be able to help protect you from the serious consequences you will suffer if you are convicted.