Florida offers a diversion program for first-time offenders in assault and battery cases in which no one was hurt. Successfully completing the diversion program will result in dismissal of the charges.
A conviction for assault and battery is not something that you would want to put on your resume. Yet pleading guilty to an assault charge will have much the same effect. It will result in a lifetime criminal record that will be visible to any employer who performs a background check.
I’m Kissimmee criminal defense attorney Richard Nick Kelley. I defend people charged with domestic violence, assault and other violent crimes in central Florida. You can contact me 24 hours a day, seven days a week for a free initial consultation about your case.
Over the past 30 years, I have successfully defended people charged with all types of violent crimes in Florida, including:
Bar fights. Charges in these cases often depend of the seriousness of the injury and whether a weapon was used. If a weapon such as a beer bottle, you could be charged with aggravated assault, a felony.
Domestic violence. Even the accusation of domestic violence can result in serious ramifications, such as a restraining order that will keep you out of your own home.
Road rage. Road rage incidents are common on Florida’s congested roadways. If you are charged with showing or pointing a gun (called unlawful display or brandishing), you face a three-year minimum mandatory prison sentence. Hate crimes. When a crime such as assault is motivated by hatred or bias against a protected group, you could be subject to enhanced penalties.