Defending Against Assault Charges Near Fort Walton Beach

Assault and battery cases can involve a wide variety of circumstances. From bar fights and confrontations on the street to domestic assault and battery with a deadly weapon, almost anyone can get involved in an assault and battery case.

These serious charges require a serious criminal defense. At Cotton & Gates, Attorneys at Law, we have more than 30 years of experience defending clients throughout Northwest Florida, including the communities of Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Niceville, DeFuniak Springs, South Walton and Navarre.

To speak to a lawyer who would handle your case as if he was standing in your shoes, email us or call 850-855-4520 for a free consultation.

Protecting You from the Negative Consequences of Assault and Battery Charges

Often grouped together, assault and battery are actually two different charges. Assault occurs when someone takes action or threatens someone with bodily injury or death. This does not necessarily have to involve physical contact. Battery is a crime that involves actually touching a person against his or her will. Even accidental physical contact can result in potentially damaging battery charges. The law does not require that you intent to hurt someone to be charged with a battery.

At Cotton & Gates, Attorneys at Law, our assault defense attorneys defend clients against a variety of assault and battery charges, including:

  • Aggravated battery with a deadly weapon
  • Aggravated battery without a deadly weapon
  • Aggravated battery with great bodily harm
  • Domestic violence
  • Simple battery such as battery taking place in a bar fight
  • Simple assault, commonly referred to as assault
  • Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon

What Constitutes Self-Defense in Florida?

A common defense against assault and battery charges is self-defense. If you were acting in self-defense, defense of others or in accordance with the Stand Your Ground law also known as the Castle Doctrine, you have the right to stand your ground in these situations. We will examine the facts of your case, and build a strong defense against these charges based on your right to self-defense.

Contact an Assault Defense Attorney Today

To speak to a lawyer about your legal defense options, contact our firm for a free consultation.