Simple Battery Attorney in St Petersburg & Simple Battery Lawyer in Tampa, 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.
Because battery is a "victim" crime, penalties can be severe. A first time simple battery charge is a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail, one year of probation, fines and court costs, and may include special conditions of probation. Battery is also an enhanceable offense, meaning that a second or subsequent offense raises the charge from a misdemeanor to a third-degree felony, punishable by up to five years in state prison.
Battery cases 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 battery criminal defense attorney can discuss your options based on the facts of your case.
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