Assault and battery are often grouped together and used interchangeably to describe a physical attack. However, these are two different types of offenses that mean different things.
The primary difference between the two is that "An 'assault' is an intentional, unlawful threat by word or act to do violence to the person of another, coupled with an apparent ability to do so, and doing some act which creates a well-founded fear in such other person that such violence is imminent." Battery, on the other hand, involves physical contact and any intentional touching or striking of another person without that person’s permission.
Types of Assault and Battery
These two offenses can then be broken down into more specific crimes such as the following:
Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Assault with the Intent of Committing a Felony
Battery with a Deadly Weapon
Battery Causing Great Bodily Harm
Assault or Battery against a Police Officer
The penalties for these crimes can range from a misdemeanor and a few hundred dollars in fines to a felony with $10,000 in fines and 15 years in prison. For more information, visit Florida’s legislative website here.
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