What is aggravated assault on law enforcement officer, firefighter, etc., in Florida?
The crime of Aggravated Assault on Law Enforcement Officer is a second degree Felony that is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
This offense occurs when:
- Person Intentionally and unlawfully threaten, either by word or act, to do violence to victim.
- At that time, person appeared to have ability to carry out threat.
- The act of person created reasonable fear of injury in victim’s mind; and
- The assault was made with a deadly weapon or a fully formed conscience intent to commit a crime upon the victim; and
- The victim was a law enforcement officer, firefighter, an emergency medical care provider, etc. (completed list of persons found in § 784.07(1)-(2)); and
- Person knew the victim was one of the people above; and
- At time of assault, victim was engaged in the lawful performance of their job duties.
Defenses to Aggravated Assault of Law Enforcement Officer, Firefighter, Etc.
- There was no specific intent to cause the level of injury that incurred.
- Lack of knowledge that victim was law enforcement, firefighter, etc.
- Weapon used did not amount to deadly weapon.
- Threat or violence was not imminent.
Calvo v. State: On deadly weapon and imminent violence.
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