Assault and BatteryMisdemeanor and Felony Assault and Battery Charges
Popular media often characterizes Assault as the same as a Battery, when in fact they are two separate types of crimes. In general, an assault is the threat of violence or unwanted touching, whereas a battery is the actual violence or unwanted touching.
Following Florida Statute 784.011, the crime of Assault takes place when a person:
Makes an intentional and unlawful threat – by word or act – to commit violence against another person;
With the apparent ability to carry through with the threat at the time it was made; and
The threat created a genuine fear in the intended victim that the violence was imminent.
If the Assualt is made with a deadly weapon (i.e. knife, firearm, baseball bat, etc.) or while committing a felony offense (i,e. robbery, burglary), the assault constitutes an Aggravated Assault and is prosecuted as a felony.
The State of Florida has several types of battery crimes that are typically charged in Melbourne, FL and the rest of Brevard County:
Domestic Battery by Strangulation,
Domestic Violence Battery,
Aggravated Battery, and
Aggravated Battery on a Pregnant Person.
Certain battery crimes can be up-charged depending on the status of the victim, for example a pregnant or an elderly person.
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