If a friend or family member has been arrested for assault, it’s important to contact a skilled and trustworthy bonding agency, such as Roundtree Bonding Agency, as soon as possible. Our bonding agents are available every day of the week to help quickly secure the release of a friend or family member.
What Is Assault In Florida?
Simple assault happens when one person threatens harm against another person which leads them to believe harm is imminent. Note that assault occurs without physical contact. The threat can be issued in several ways, including through actions or written and/or verbal statements.
Simple assault is elevated to aggravated assault if the assault occurred with a deadly weapon, such as a firearm. If the assault occurred with the intention to commit a separate felony, it’s also considered aggravated assault.
Assault Vs. Battery
Though assault and battery are commonly associated together, battery is an intentional and non-consensual physical contact with another person. It can occur independently or simultaneously with simple or aggravated assault.
Penalties Of Assault Charges
Simple assault is a second-degree misdemeanor. If convicted, penalties include up to 60 days in jail, up to six months of probation, and up to $500 in fines. Aggravated assault is a third-degree felony under Florida Statute § 784.011. Penalties include up to five years in prison, up to five years of probation, and up to $5,000 in fines.
If the assault occurred with a firearm, possible penalties include a mandatory minimum three-year prison sentence in addition to five years of probation and up to $5,000 in fines.
What To Do For An Assault Bail Bond
Gather Pertinent Information
To begin the bail bonds process, you’ll need to gather certain information, including:
- The full, legal name of your friend or family member;
- The bond amount; and
- What jail your friend or family member is being held at.
If you have their date-of-birth and booking number, this can expedite the bonding process.
Call Roundtree Bonding Agency
A bonding agent with Roundtree Bonding Agency is available 24-hours-a-day to help. We have an excellent reputation throughout Florida and have never had a complaint filed with the state against one of our agents. During the initial phone call, we’ll provide an overview of how the process will work, including the paperwork.
Fill Out Necessary Paperwork For Bonding Process
Based on the information you provide, we’ll draft the necessary paperwork and begin the bonding process. We’ll help you fill out the paperwork and make sure you understand the documents and liabilities of yourself and the bail bond company.
Find A Bail Bond Cosigner, If Necessary
Depending on the situation, you may be asked to be a cosigner for bail bond to complete the bonding process. As a co-signer, you’re responsible for fulfilling the financial obligations of the bond amount if your friend or family member doesn’t appear for all required court appearances.