In most circumstances, the crime of Battery is a first degree misdemeanor (punishable by not more than 1 year in jail and up to $1,000 fine). Battery occurs when a person touches or strikes another person without that person's consent. According to the way the law is written, a Battery can occur if one person simply touches another person on the shoulder without permission. Do not think that you cannot be charged with Battery simply because the victim did not receive any visible signs of injuries.
A charge of Battery carries an enhancement. This means that the penalty may become more severe if you have previous conviction of Battery. For example, if you have already been adjudicated of committing misdemeanor Battery and are subsequently arrested and charged with another charge of misdemeanor Battery, the State may bring felony charges against you. Additionally, Battery convictions almost always are accompanied by probation, long-term anger management classes, and numerous other conditions. Therefore, it is extremely important to hire an experienced criminal attorney to represent you.
If you or a friend or family member were arrested for Battery, regardless of whether the crime allegedly occurred in Melbourne, Palm Bay, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island, Titusville, Rockledge, Cape Canaveral, Satellite Beach, Indian Harbour Beach, West Melbourne, Melbourne Village, Melbourne Beach, Indialantic, Palm Shores, Grant-Valkaria, Mims, or anywhere else in Brevard County, Florida, Contact me to immediately schedule your free consultation.