Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Firefighter, Etc. - Florida Statute 784.07(2)(a)
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How many times have you watched the news and heard about someone getting charged with assault and battery? Assault is where a person intentionally and illegally made a believable threat to physically harm the victim and the threat put the victim in reasonable fear that they would be harmed. The threat can be verbal (I’m going to punch you) or physical (imagine a person “cocking back” his fist and arm to be ready to punch).
There are different types of assaults. A “simple” assault is classified as a second-degree misdemeanor. The more serious type of assault, aggravated assault, can happen when an individual assaults someone that is in a certain classified group of individuals (police, security guards, EMTs). Aggravated assault is a first-degree misdemeanor. Many individuals are unaware that though security guards are not police officers, they are licensed by the State of Florida and fall into this more highly protected class. Florida Statute 784.07 prohibits anyone from assaulting individuals in this protected class.What the State Has to Prove for You to Be Convicted
In order for the state to convict you of this more serious form of assault, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:
- You intentionally and unlawfully threatened, by body language or verbally, to hurt the victim;
- When you threatened the victim, it looked like you could hurt the victim;
- Your threat created a reasonable fear of injury in the victim’s mind;
- The victim was at least one of the following:
- A law enforcement officer;
- A firefighter;
- An emergency medical care provider;
- A traffic accident investigation officer;
- A traffic infraction enforcement officer;
- A parking enforcement specialist;
- A security officer employed at a college;
- A federal law enforcement officer; or
- Anyone else listed in Florida State 784.07(1)-(2);
- You knew the person was one of the above; and
- When you assaulted the victim, he was doing his job.
The facts of the case are going to determine how to approach presenting potential defenses. One defense is that the defendant might have been thinking he was getting attacked by the “victim” and was trying to defend himself from the attacks of the “victim.”
The individual who claimed he was assaulted must be in some type of uniform that is bearing at least one type of patch or emblem that is visible and identifies the alleged victim as being part of one of the above classifications; otherwise, the defendant can only be charged with a simple assault, which is a second-degree misdemeanor.
Punishment for Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer, Etc
The crime is considered a first-degree misdemeanor that is punishable by a maximum of 365 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
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