“Assault” and “Battery” are not synonymous.  Per Florida Statute, 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 imminent.”  Battery is all that plus actual injury.

Words mean things, and if they are threatening, they could mean jail time. 

An Assault Charge is a Second Degree Misdemeanor, which can result in 60 days in jail plus a $500 fine.  However, once you stray into Felony territory, a Third Degree Felony for Felony Battery can mean five years of prison…and no, you still do not get to control the TV.

If you are facing time behind bars other than bartending school, seek competent legal counsel to learn what defenses may be available to you.  Prison food could be better than your wife’s cooking, but it is complicated to have pizza delivered.