Law Office Of Leanna J. Smith
Leanna Smith and Carlos Vidal-Collazo

Aggravated Assault Attorney DeLand, FL

Attorney Leanna J. Smith is an experienced and dedicated aggravated assault attorney in DeLand, FL. Her firm provides comprehensive legal representation for clients charged with assault crimes, battery crimes, aggravated battery, and domestic violence throughout Volusia County, including Daytona Beach, DeBary, Deltona, Lake Helen, and Orange City, FL. The firm also has an experienced Spanish-speaking attorney on staff to serve our Spanish-speaking clients.

Assault Crimes

There are two types of assault crimes in Florida: simple assault and aggravated assault. The law defines a simple assault as an intentional threat by words or an act to harm another person that rises to the level that they fear impending violence even though it did not result in physical harm and a weapon was not involved. A person may also be charged with simple assault for physically attacking another individual that doesn't result in apparent or aggravated bodily injury. An aggravated assault is the physical threat of another person with a deadly weapon or intent to commit a felony.

Battery Crimes

Many people in Florida are confused about what constitutes a battery crime. A battery crime occurs when someone intentionally touches or strikes another person against their will or causes intentional bodily harm. It is a misdemeanor that could result in up to 1 year in jail, 12 months probation, and a $1,000 fine. However, if the prosecutor can establish that the intent was to cause serious bodily injury or a deadly weapon is involved, the charge could rise to aggravated battery, a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Domestic Violence

According to recent studies, domestic violence has increased by over 8% due to the pandemic. Florida takes domestic violence seriously and is reflected in the statute. Under the law, domestic violence is any assault, battery, stalking, false imprisonment, or criminal offense that causes injury or death to a family member or household member.

If you are facing aggravated assault charges in DeLand, contact the Law Office of Leanna J. Smith to consult with an experienced aggravated assault attorney today! We also have a Spanish-speaking attorney on staff for your comfort and convenience. 386-943-9797.