Battery Offenses in Florida
Miami Criminal Defense Lawyers
Thousands of individuals are charged with assault and battery in the state of Florida each year. Not many individuals, however, know the distinction between these two offenses. The primary difference between these charges is that assault refers to the threat of violence, but battery is the actual use of physical force.
Battery, described under Florida Statutes §784.03, is the actual and intentional physical striking of one person against another. When the offender is proven to have intentionally caused bodily harm to the victim, the defendant can be convicted of battery.
If you have been charged with battery in Florida, obtain the assistance your case requires by speaking with our experienced Miami criminal defense attorneys at
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Increased Battery Charges
As the defendant of a battery charge, your offense can be increased to aggravated battery for a few different reasons. If the defendant was aware that he or she was causing great bodily harm, permanent disfigurement, or permanent disfigurement, or used a deadly weapon, the charge can be increased to aggravated battery. Battery charges can also be increased if the defendant was aware that the victim was pregnant but still enacted physical violence.
Battery on a law enforcement officer is another subcategory of a battery charge. The state of Florida vigorously prosecutes those who have violently acted against a law enforcement officer. Heightened penalties are enacted on those who enact intentional physical harm on those who are carrying out their public law enforcement duties. In order for a conviction of battery on a law enforcement officer to take place, two factors must be proven. Prosecution must provide substantial evidence that the accused directly intended to batter the officer engaged in a lawful legal duty.
If you have been charged with battery of any kind, contact our Miami criminal defense lawyers at DeFabio, Beckham & Solis today!