Charged With A Battery In Vero Beach?
Sometimes, things get out of hand. Some heated words are exchanged. Then, more than words are exchanged. Maybe it’s an argument between you and a girlfriend or boyfriend. A physical scuffle ensues, law enforcement is called and you find yourself in the back of a police car.
These types of incidents often lead to charges of battery or, worse, aggravated battery. When that happens, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help sort things out and protect your rights. Adam Chrzan, Attorney At Law, knows how to defend against these charges.
Battery Law In Florida
Florida defines a battery in Section 784.03 as:
“The offense of battery occurs when a person: 1. Actually and intentionally touches or strikes another person against the will of the other; or 2. Intentionally causes bodily harm to another person.”
Note that charges may lie with only a touch; you do not have to cause great harm to be charged with a battery. The key to this charge, and your best defense is whether there was the requisite intent. This charge is generally a misdemeanor.
Fifteen Years In Prison?
If you are charged with an aggravated battery, your situation is serious. This charge often involves the use of a firearm or other deadly weapon. It may also involve a pregnant woman. Depending on the circumstance of the incident, you could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted. This is a very serious charge, and you need an attorney to work to prevent these charges from leading to a substantial prison sentence.
Other Consequences Of Battery Charges
An additional consequence of these battery charges in the context of domestic violence can be an injunction that can be temporary or permanent and that will prohibit your possession of a firearm. Even if you avoid jail, you may be unable to hunt or even go to the range for months or years.
Free Initial Consultations
Time is not your friend when dealing with battery charges. Do not wait to contact our attorney. Call our office in Vero Beach, Florida, at 772-410-3722. When out of the office, and on nights and weekends, the number forward to our attorney’s cellphone.