Battery And Aggravated Battery
A battery occurs when one intentionally strikes or touches another person without that person’s consent. Battery also occurs when one intentionally causes bodily harm to another. The crime of battery is different from assault in that it involves physical contact and not just a threat of harm. Battery is generally considered a first-degree misdemeanor. However, if this isn’t your first battery charge, you could be facing a third-degree felony and up to five years in prison.
“It was dismissed in Washington State and now it will be dismissed here in Tampa, Florida”, criminal defense attorney Mark J. O’Brien told reporters after a court appearance involving false allegations that his client, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Jerramy Stevens, battered his wife, current United States National Soccer Team goalie Hope Solo.
– USA TODAY
On the other hand, aggravated battery is a second-degree felony that carries a potential 15-year prison sentence as well as $10,000 in fines. Aggravated battery occurs when one causes great bodily harm or permanent disfigurement to someone during the commission of a battery or if a deadly weapon is used to commit the battery. If the battery victim is a law enforcement officer, health care provider or pregnant female, the penalty may be increased.
We have extensive experience in battery cases in Florida state courts. If you are accused of this crime, please contact us immediately.
Our lawyers have a proven track record defending against battery-related charges. One client was facing up to 35 years in state prison as a result of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery charges. We achieved a dismissal of the charges, with a reduction to misdemeanor assault.