An alleged offender does not necessarily need to punch another person in order to be charged with battery. In fact, a mere poke or shove can result in these criminal charges. An alleged victim does not need to suffer any kind of injury in order for an alleged offender to be arrested.
Despite the seemingly easy ways that a person might be charged with this crime, the possible consequences of a conviction are quite serious. Aggravating factors like serious injuries or the use of a deadly weapon can lead to lengthy prison sentences and significant fines.
Were you recently arrested for an alleged battery offense in Florida? You should not delay in making sure that you have experienced legal representation.
Meltzer & Bell, P.A. helps clients in communities throughout the Broward County area such as Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Deerfield Beach, Weston, Pompano Beach, Tamarac, Wilton Manors, and Plantation. Let our Broward County aggravated battery attorneys review your case during a free, confidential consultation by calling (954) 716-8538 today.
State law has statutes for the offenses of simple battery (or misdemeanor battery), felony battery, and aggravated battery. These charges are defined in the following Florida Statutes:
There are other battery crimes in Chapter 784 of the Florida Statutes relating to specific victims, all of the following of which are classified as third-degree felonies:
Additionally, the following battery offenses listed under the same chapter are reclassified such that cases of simple battery become third-degree felonies and cases of aggravated battery become first-degree felonies:
Convictions in these types of cases can result in a broad range of punishments that may include possible restitution to alleged victims, community service, mandatory psychological evaluations, or treatment, and counseling. Depending on the specific classification of the alleged offense, a conviction can also result in the following sentences:
It can be extremely intimidating to face these types of accusations in court. However, an alleged offender may be able to use any one of a number of defenses when facing these types of charges, including—but not limited to—the following:
If you have been charged with this crime in Florida, make sure that you are working with skilled legal counsel. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. represents people facing these charges in Hallandale Beach, Sunrise, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Coral Springs, Margate, Coconut Creek, Miramar, and the greater Fort Lauderdale area.
Our firm has experience on both sides of the aisle, including the backgrounds of a former prosecutor for the State Attorney’s Office and a felony prosecutor for the Broward County Special Unit. Call (954) 716-8538 right now to arrange a free consultation that will allow our Fort Lauderdale criminal attorneys to provide a thorough evaluation of your case.
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