UNDERSTANDING AGGRAVATED ASSAULT
Section 784.021, Florida Statutes, addresses aggravated assault. To prove the crime of aggravated assault, the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt the following four elements:
The Defendant intentionally and unlawfully threatened, either by word or act, to do violence to the victim.
At the time the Defendant appeared to have the ability to carry out the threat.
The act of the Defendant created in the mind of the victim a well-founded fear that the violence was about to take place.
The assault was made with a deadly weapon or the assault was made with a fully formed, conscious intent to commit the charged crime against the victim.
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