All violent crimes are taken very seriously by State’s Attorney’s Offices across Florida, making it critical to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney when charged with assault, battery, or other violent crime.
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Battery is the intentional touching of another without his or her consent. It is typically a misdemeanor, but can be charged as a felony if the person has a prior battery conviction, causes a significant injury, or uses a deadly weapon.
Assault requires that a person be placed in reasonable fear of imminent harm. It does not require any physical contact. Though assault is typically charged as a misdemeanor, it may become a felony under certain circumstances.
When faced with an accusation of assault or battery, law enforcement is typically required to make a decision based on the word of one person over another. The credibility of all parties involved can therefore be critical to the outcome of any case. If you, a friend, or loved one is under investigation or has been charged with assault, battery, or other violent crime contact the Law Office of John M. Phillips for a free consultation.