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Assault on Law Enforcement Officer – Orlando Criminal Attorney
Cases involving assaults on law enforcement officers can result in significant penalties and are taken very seriously by prosecutors. If you have been arrested for an assault on a law enforcement officer, you should speak with an experienced Orlando criminal lawyer at your earliest opportunity to learn about your rights and the defenses that may be available to you.
Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer:
The only difference between a simple assault crime and assault on a law enforcement officer is the employment status of the victim, which increases the level of the offense and the penalties the defendant faces.
Definition of a Law Enforcement Officer:
This includes a law enforcement officer, a correctional officer, a correctional probation officer, a part-time law enforcement officer, a part-time correctional officer, an auxiliary law enforcement officer, and an auxiliary correctional officer, as those terms are respectively defined in Florida Statute 943.10, and any county probation officer; an employee or agent of the Department of Corrections who supervises or provides services to inmates; an officer of the Parole Commission; a federal law enforcement officer as defined in Florida Statute 901.1505; and law enforcement personnel of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Department of Environmental Protection, or the Department of Law Enforcement.
Because the victim of the offense is a law enforcement officer, the crimes are reclassified as higher level offenses as follows:
Assault – from a misdemeanor of the second degree to a misdemeanor of the first degree.
Battery – from a misdemeanor of the first degree to a felony of the third degree.
Aggravated assault – from a felony of the third degree to a felony of the second degree. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any person convicted of aggravated assault upon a law enforcement officer shall be sentenced to a minimum term of imprisonment of 3 years.
Aggravated battery – from a felony of the second degree to a felony of the first degree. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any person convicted of aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer shall be sentenced to a minimum term of imprisonment of 5 years.
If the person is convicted of a battery and during the commission of the offense, the person possessed:
A “firearm” or “destructive device” they shall be sentenced to a minimum term of imprisonment of 3 years.
A semiautomatic firearm and its high-capacity detachable box magazine or a machine gun they shall be sentenced to a minimum term of imprisonment of 8 years.
Please visit the following website pages for some additional information on other assault crimes:
Speak with an Orlando criminal lawyer today or review the Florida Statutes on the bottom of the page for some more information about criminal offenses involving an assault on a law enforcement officer.
Experienced Orlando Criminal Lawyer – Assault on Law Enforcement Officer:
If you or a loved one have been arrested for a criminal offense, call the Wilson Law Firm today to speak with an experienced Orlando criminal attorney about your individual situation. In many assault on law enforcement cases, a properly prepared defense by a criminal lawyer will result in either reduced penalties, reduced charges, or a dismissal of the charges. Even in criminal cases where the evidence of guilt is overwhelming, a properly prepared defense and presentation of mitigating circumstances by an Orlando criminal attorney can result in significant decreases in the penalties you receive.
Florida Statutes – Assault on Law Enforcement Officer:
Speak with an Orlando criminal assault lawyer or review the following Florida Statutes for more information on assault on a law enforcement officer:
Florida Statute 784.07 – Assault or battery of law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical care providers, public transit employees or agents, or other specified officers; reclassification of offenses; minimum sentences.
Florida Statute 943.10 – Definitions; ss. 943.085-943.255.
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