What does playing pool, threatening another driver, and robbing a bank with a gun have in common: each of these actions can lead to aggravated assault charges. In this blog, we will talk about the serious penalties that stem from aggravated assault charges.
Aggravated Assault Charges Are Common
You may think you’ll never be charged for aggravated assault, but if that’s the case, you probably don’t know what an aggravated assault is.
In Florida, aggravated assault is when someone threatens, by word or act, to do violence to another person while possessing a “deadly weapon.”
The hypothetical situations in the first sentence of this blog post can turn into aggravated assault charges when:
- The pool player threatens harm to another player while holding a pool stick (deadly weapon);
- The driver threatens harm to another driver by using his car (deadly weapon);
- The robber threatens a bank teller with the gun (deadly weapon).
As you can see, aggravated assault charges are more common than you think; unfortunately, these charges have severe penalties.
Penalties for Aggravated Assault Charges
In Florida, an aggravated assault charge will result in a third-degree felony.
The maximum penalties for a third-degree felony include:
- A prison term not exceeding five years; and
- A fine of up to $5,000.
In comparison, a normal assault charge is a second-degree misdemeanor, a much smaller charge than a third-degree felony!
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