What is assault of person 65 years of age or older in Florida?

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The crime of Assault of a person 65 years of age or older is a First Degree Misdemeanor that is punishable by up to 1 year in prison and a $1,000 fine.

This offense occurs when a person:

  1. Person Intentionally and unlawfully threaten, either by word or act, to do violence to victim.
  2. At that time, person appeared to have ability to carry out threat.
  3. The act of the alleged offender created in the mind of the alleged victim a well-founded fear that violence was about to take place; and
  4. The victim was over 65 years of age. 

If the circumstances were such as to ordinarily induce a well-founded fear in the mind of a reasonable person, then victim may be found to have been in fear, and actual fear on the part of victim need not to be shown. Gilbert v. State, 347 So. 2d 1087 (Fla. 3d DCA 1977).

Battery offense implies that the defendant made physical contact with the victim. Unlike battery, assault does not imply bodily harm or physical contact to the victim.

Defenses to Assault of a person 65 years of age or older

  • There was no specific intent.
  • Unreasonable fear.
  • Conditional threat.

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