In the state of Florida, being charged with First Degree Assault means a lot more than normal crime of Assault. Assault is a Second Degree Misdemeanor in Florida. That usually comes to 60 days in jail, to go with 6 months of probation and some fines. But when a person is charged with First Degree Assault it is because there is evidence that shows intent. The intent to cause serious physical injury to another person by using a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument.