Battery Charges Attorney in Tampa & Battery Defense Lawyer in Brandon, Florida
Florida statute 784.03 states that "The offense of battery occurs when a person (1) Actually and intentionally touches or strikes another person against the will of the other; or (2) Intentionally causes bodily harm to another person."
It is important to note that touching even without injury can result in a battery charge. A simple thing like an unwanted hug could support a battery conviction. Also, throwing an object at another person, or spitting on someone could result in a battery charge. Unlike assault, battery requires physical contact with the victim. Using a weapon typically enhances the crime and potential punishment.
Because battery is a "victim" crime, penalties can be severe. A simple battery is punishable by up to one year in jail. Aggravated battery, battery on law enforcement, battery on the elderly and other certain types of people are felonies. These felony charges can mean prison time, and in some instances minimum mandatory prison sentences are required by law.
Battery charges can be defended in several different ways. Sometimes the victim may not want to prosecute. Other times, self-defense, or Florida's "stand your ground" law may be used as defenses. A Tampa Bay - Brandon Florida criminal defense attorney can discuss your options based on the facts of your case.
Have you been charged with battery in Tampa Bay? A criminal defense lawyer from The Lawler Firm can help.
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