Tampa Assault Lawyer
Charged with assault in the Tampa area?
Our firm, Hilliard Law, P.L. has gained a reputation for high quality defense
work in a range of criminal cases, including
drug crimes, and violent crimes such as assault. Find out more about our firm before
you make a decision about who will defend you. Our lead attorney, Jackson
Hilliard, is a former public defender, and during his service gained extensive
trial experience. He knows the criminal justice system intimately, and
how to craft a winning defense case.
Charges of assault are often filed when there has been an altercation,
and the last person left standing is charged with the crime. Assault charges
could be filed as a misdemeanor or felony, based upon the facts in the
case, the degree of injury, if any, and issues regarding weapons, whether
a firearm, knife or any other item that is alleged to have been used to
assault another person. Any crime involving weapons is punished more heavily
in our state, and could lead to years in prison if not successfully defended.
Types of Assault Charges in Tampa: Misdemeanor or Felony Assault
An assault charge can be filed against you even if you never touched the
alleged victim. For example, if it is believed that you threatened another
person with harm or violence, and that the person believed you were capable
of carrying out the threat, you can face charges of assault. A case that
involves actual physical contact will usually include charges of battery.
Simple assault is filed as a second degree misdemeanor in most cases, but
if the case involves a police officer or EMP, the charges will be increased
to first degree assault, with penalties as long as 1 year in jail. As
with any criminal case, the burden of proof lies with the prosecutor.
The presentation of your defense case has everything to do with the final
outcome, and you simply cannot take any chances with who you choose to
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If you are accused of making a threat of violence against another person,
the evidence could be as minimal as an accusation from the alleged victim.
An argument that escalates can lead to police being contacted and arriving
on the scene. When they arrive, they listen to the accusation, and if
it is alleged that you made a threat of violence, you can be arrested
and charged with assault. You may have been defending yourself against
an attack, and are now facing charges yourself. Talk to us. We are ready
to help you fight the charges, and we have the trial experience you need
on your side if you are charged with assault in Tampa.