FORT WALTON BEACH, FL (September 30, 2020) — According to a news report published on nwfdailynews.com, the Fort Walton Beach Police Department placed two individuals under arrest and book them on several criminal such as child neglect, firearm charges, and narcotics trafficking. The Fort Walton Beach Street Crimes Unit executed a search warrant on a home on Laurie Drive in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The law enforcement officers discovered numerous criminal activities due to the search and investigation, according to a Fort Walton Beach Police Department press release.
Local law enforcement are concerned about the amount of violent crimes that are occurring the community. In another case reported on wjhg.com, two suspects attempted an armed robbery and were arrested burglary with assault, and robbery with a firearm.
The law of assault in Florida applies to numerous scenarios. Although often used as synonyms, the words “assault” and “battery” have distinct meanings. Assaults can occur in two ways. The first is a swing and miss punch. The second is words or actions that place another in fear of immediate apprehension of Battery. The accused must have the ability to carry out the threat as announced, and the victim must genuinely be fearful of the attack. An assault, which is sometimes referred to as a “simple assault,” is a second-degree misdemeanor and carries a potential 60-day jail sentence. However, Battery is punishable as a first-degree misdemeanor and may be punished by a jail sentence of up to one year.
Battery, on the other hand, is the striking of another. So, when used together, the phrase assault and Battery like means that the victim was afraid of being hit and was hit by the suspect.
Assaultive crimes escalate in severity depending on the facts of the incident and the age of the participants. For example, aggravated assault is a third-degree felony that carries the possibility of five years of incarceration. The act must be perpetrated with a deadly weapon. A deadly weapon is a traditionally deadly weapon such as a knife, sword, or firearm, as well as any item that could be used, like a baseball bat, to kill another. Aggravated assault is a third-degree felony and has a five-year maximum sentence.
Felony battery occurs when a strike causes serious bodily harm, but the offender did not have the requisite intent to cause that degree of harm. Felony battery is classified as a third-degree felony and may be punished by confinement to the Florida state prison for a term not to exceed five years.
Aggravated Battery causing great bodily harm is a second-degree felony and may be punished by a period of incarceration in the Florida state prison not to exceed fifteen years in state prison.