Assault / Battery on LEO Defense Attorneys
Defense Against Charges Of Assault Or Battery On A LEO In Orlando
Charged with assault or battery on a Law Enforcement Officer in Florida? Our experienced Central Florida Battery on a LEO Attorneys know that Florida lawmakers have recently increased the penalties for any person who is convicted of a violent offense against a law enforcement officer. We understand that every party to a crime often has different accounts as to how the incident occurred. We want to hear your side of the story and would like to help you get a fair day in court if necessary.
Who Is Considered A Law Enforcement Officer?
In Florida a law enforcement officer (LEO) includes:
- A law enforcement officer (i.e. policeman)
- A correctional officer
- A correctional probation officer
- A part-time law enforcement officer
- A part-time correctional officer
- An auxiliary law enforcement officer
- An auxiliary correctional officer
- 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
- Law Enforcement personnel of the Fish and Wildlife Commission, the Department of Environmental Protection, or the department of Law Enforcement
Assault Or Battery On A Law Enforcement Officer - Charges Under Florida Law
Florida law states that whenever any person is charged with an assault or battery upon a law enforcement officer the charges against that individual will be increased accordingly:
- In the case of assault the charge will change from a second-degree misdemeanor to a first-degree misdemeanor.
- In the case of battery the charge will change from a first-degree misdemeanor to a third-degree felony.
- In the case of aggravated assault the charge will change from a third-degree felony to a second-degree felony and any person convicted of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer will be sentenced to a minimum of three years imprisonment.
- In the case of aggravated battery the charge will change from a second-degree felony to a first-degree felony and any person convicted of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer will be sentenced to a minimum of 5 years imprisonment.
The statute goes on to state that any person who is convicted of a battery and during the commission of the offense such person possessed:
- A firearm or destructive device shall be sentenced to a minimum of three years imprisonment
- A semiautomatic firearm and its high-capacity detachable box magazine or a machine gun, shall be sentenced to a minimum of 8 years imprisonment
Contact Our Orlando Defense Attorneys If Charged with Assault Or Battery On A Law Enforcement Officer
Florida courts and prosecuting attorneys have been very tough on offenses against law enforcement officers and this is all the more reason that you need an Orlando battery on a law enforcement attorney to guide you through the process. Contact LaBar Adams today and to discuss your case. We are available at 1-866-680-4LAW. You may also fill out our online form located at the top of the page and one of our highly experienced criminal defense lawyers will contact you shortly. We respond to after-hours messages promptly. Evening or weekend appointments are available upon request We respect your privacy and will keep all your information confidential.