An experienced criminal defense attorney in Okaloosa County should be able to immediately tell you that the most prevalent charge that could be negotiated down from an Aggravated Assault with a Firearm offense would be the misdemeanor: Improper Exhibition of a Firearm.
This would be considered a much better result that simply dropping the “with a Firearm” from Aggravated Assault, because Aggravated Assault (with any weapon), no matter how it is charged, it is still a felony, only without the 3 year minimum mandatory prison term.
While the charge “Simple Assault” is a possibility too, it is substantially less likely to obtain since it is only a second degree misdemeanor and a prosecutor would have a hard time justifying that type of reduction.
The one charge that best mirrors Aggravated Assault with a Firearm factually, but also insulates the client from prison and a felony conviction is Improper Exhibition of a Firearm and it is generally considered a good result if the case is contentious or difficult.
If you or a family member has been arrested for aggravated assault with a firearm in Fort Walton Beach, Destin, or elsewhere in Okaloosa County, call me at (850) 362-6655 for a free consultation.