While a "simple battery" offense is classified as a first-degree misdemeanor, repeat offenses, acts involving the use of a deadly weapon, offenses committed against certain protected classes, or acts that cause great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement can result in felony charges.
Felony convictions not only involve longer prison sentences and bigger fines than misdemeanor convictions, but they can also have many other long-term consequences for matters relating to employment, housing, and professional licensing.
When a person is accused of any kind of violent crime, he or she may have lawful justifications for his or her actions. Self-defense, defense of another party, or defense of property are three examples of possible defenses against felony battery charges.
If you are facing felony charges for an alleged battery in South Florida, it is in your best interest to exercise your right to remain silent until you have legal representation.
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Simple battery refers to the first-degree misdemeanor offense defined under Florida Statute § 784.03 in which an alleged offender actually and intentionally touches or strikes another person against the will of the other, or intentionally causes bodily harm to another person. Any second or subsequent battery offense is considered felony battery, a third-degree felony.
Florida Statute § 784.041 establishes that a person commits felony battery if he or she actually and intentionally touches or strikes another person against the will of the other, and causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement. An offense under this statute is also a third-degree felony.
If an individual intentionally or knowingly causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement; or uses a deadly weapon in committing battery, that person can be charged with aggravated battery under Florida Statute § 784.045. Aggravated battery is a second-degree felony.
Chapter 784 of the Florida Statutes also lists several other battery crimes involving specific victims. All of the following offenses involve third-degree felony charges:
Each of the following battery crimes listed under Chapter 784 can be reclassified such that simple battery offenses result in third-degree felony charges and aggravated battery crimes become first-degree felony offenses:
A felony battery conviction can result in very serious immediate and long-term consequences for alleged offenders. Depending on the specific circumstances involved in the case, punishments can include restitution to alleged victims, community service, and required treatment or counseling.
A conviction can also result in one of the following sentences:
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