Punta Gorda Criminal Defense Lawyer
Do you or a member of your family face accusations of aggravated assault? If so, a highly qualified criminal defense attorney needs to protect your rights. Risking your defense to an inexperienced or unqualified attorney greatly reduces your chances for a positive result. While it is certain that you will require legal assistance, what type of lawyer is more likely to have the skills to you need on your side in a felony trial?
You want an attorney who is experienced in and focuses on criminal defense. Family, business, tax and other areas of the law won't be of any use in your criminal case. Preferably, you will retain a firm that is made up of attorneys who work as a team. You directly benefit when multiple experienced lawyers review your case and work to develop an effective strategy to use in your defense.
An important part of your case is the relationship that is formed between you and your attorney. It is confusing and frustrating to not understand the charges you face and what is being done to fight them. Additionally, you want a legal firm who is prepared and willing to take your case to trial when needed. Unfortunately, too many lawyers do everything they can to plea out a case and not have to appear at trial.
For more than two and a half decades, the attorneys of Leskovich Law Group, P.A. have successfully safeguarded the freedoms of those accused of criminal offenses of many types, including violent crimes such as aggravated assault. We take pride in the teamwork that we bring to each of our cases and the results obtained by working together for our clients. Combined, our attorneys have represented thousands of persons who faced criminal charges and we look forward to working on your behalf.
Penalties for Conviction of Aggravated Assault
Our lawyers know the importance of communication and we keep clients well informed from the start to the conclusion of their cases. Your questions are important and deserve complete, factual and prompt responses. At times, an attorney will tell you that it is best to resolve your case without going to court. While this may appear inviting, it is not always the best or most effective way to take on the charges against you. What if you are innocent or a better result could be obtained through trial? We bring cases to court when a trial can result in a favorable conclusion and have done this hundreds of times.
In our state, the crime of assault consists of 3 legal factors. In order to be charged, you must have made an unlawful and intentional threat, by your actions or words, to commit violence against someone. Another element is the apparent ability to carry through with the threat at the time it was made. Also, any threat made must create, in the mind of the intended victim, a real fear that a violent act is about to happen. While battery contains the factor of the actual commission of a violent act, assault is merely the threat of violence.
When the assault is done with a deadly weapon, coupled with the intent to kill or to commit a felony, it becomes aggravated assault. While simple assault is a misdemeanor in Florida, aggravated assault is a third degree felony. If you are convicted, the punishments can be up to 5 years of probation, $5,000 in fines and as much as 5 years in prison. A judge can enforce any mixture of these penalties at his or her discretion.
We offer you a free case evaluation so that a clear picture of your situation can be presented but it is crucial that you act now. The sooner that we are involved in your case the better we can prepare and execute a strategy for your defense. Contact a Punta Gorda aggravated assault lawyer from our firm immediately for a
free case evaluation.