Florida Law on Assault | Misdemeanor or Simple Assault
Shown below is the Florida statute governing charges of assault. Under Florida law,
assault may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the presence of aggravating
circumstances. For additional information about misdemeanor assault or aggravated
assault, visit our Jacksonville, FL Assault Attorney web page.
The 2011 Florida Statutes
ASSAULT; BATTERY; CULPABLE NEGLIGENCE
(1) An “assault” is an 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
(2) Whoever commits an assault shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree,
punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
History.—s. 5, Feb. 10, 1832; RS 2400; GS 3226; RGS 5059; CGL 7161; s. 1, ch. 70-88;
s. 729, ch 71-136; s. 17, ch. 74-383; s. 7, ch. 75-298; s. 171, ch. 91-224.