Battery is often considered a counterpart to assault. Where assault involves the threats of or attempts to cause physical harm to another person, battery is more associated with the bodily damage itself. There are varying levels of battery depending on the amount of damage caused, and all have serious penalties that include jail and prison time in addition to hefty financial penalties. In either event, defending against battery charges is next-to-impossible without being able to rely on the experience and knowledge of an attorney who understands how to achieve victory.
The penalties associated with a battery conviction depend on the level of damage inflicted. Simple battery is often charged in altercations when an individual intentionally causes an injury or offensive touching in the case of certain sex crimes where an individual holds another against their will in order to touch them inappropriately. This type of battery carries with it a first-degree misdemeanor which may impose up to one year in jail and $1,000 in fines.
Those who have a prior battery offense will face a third-degree felony which carries up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines. Aggravated battery is much more serious, and occurs when an individual causes great bodily harm such as a permanent disability or disfigurement. These charges are a second-degree felony and those found guilty may face up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.
For those who have been accused of, or charged with any type of battery in Florida, avoiding the potential penalties that come with conviction is critical. Ali & Blankner have 50 years of combined experience in defending those who are facing battery charges in Florida courts. We understand how the prosecution develops their approaches to various types of charges, and we can use that insight to build stronger and more compelling cases in your defense.
Our main priority is seeing to the success of your defense and we will not rest until every option has been explored to your freedom. We have successfully represented many defendants in a variety of violent crimes, and we look forward to pursuing your victory in court as well.
Contact an Orlando battery defense attorney if you have been charged with battery and want an aggressive representation of your defense.