Assault

Section 784.011 of the Florida Statutes defines an assault as the "intentional, unlawful threat by word or act to do violence to the person of another, coupled with an apparent ability to do so, and doing some act which creates a well-founded fear in such other person that such violence is imminent".

The crime of assault is a second degree misdemeanor and carries a maximum penalty of 60 days imprisonment and a fine of $500.00.

Arguments between individuals sometimes escalate and threats are exchanged back and forth. The law views this as a crime and you can be charged for simply raising a fist to someone and threatening them with the use of force even if you did not intend to do so.

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