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Assault and Battery

St. Petersburg Lawyers Defend Against Assault and Battery Charges

Effective resolutions to cases of violent crime in Florida

At Kidder & Bennett, we realize how easy it is for regular people to get drawn into confrontations that result in assault or battery charges. Defense attorneys represent clients who’ve already suffered the embarrassment of an arrest and are hoping to minimize the damage to their reputations, their families and their careers. We provide aggressive defense, relying on the advocacy skills we’ve honed over decades of work. A former prosecutor and criminal defense attorney who has been very successful at getting charge reductions and dismissals, acquittals at trial, and leniency at sentencing for numerous clients can be invaluable to your case.

Experienced defense attorneys explain Florida assault and battery law

Assault and battery are violent crimes that can be classified as misdemeanors or felonies depending on the means used, the identity of the victim, the extent of bodily injury and other factors. Common charges under Florida Statutes Chapter 784 include:

  • Assault — A second degree misdemeanor is defined as “an intentional, unlawful threat by word or act to do violence to the person of another, coupled with an apparent ability to do so, and doing some act which creates a well-founded fear in such other person that such violence is imminent.” Therefore, an offender can commit an assault without ever making contact with the victim.
  • Battery — This is a first degree misdemeanor, unless it is a subsequent offense, in which case it is a third degree felony. According to statute, battery occurs when an offender “actually and intentionally touches or strikes another person against the will of the other; or intentionally causes bodily harm to another person.” An offender can commit battery without causing any discernible physical harm.
  • Aggravated assault — The law states that assaulting a victim “with a deadly weapon without intent to kill; or with an intent to commit a felony” is a third degree felony. Strictly speaking, this offense requires nothing more than a credible threat to do violence while displaying a weapon.
  • Felony battery — An offender who has a prior battery conviction commits a third degree felony by committing even a simple battery.
  • Aggravated battery — This is a second degree felony. Aggravated battery includes any of these circumstances:
    • The offender intentionally causes great bodily harm, permanent disability or permanent disfigurement.
    • The offender uses a deadly weapon.
    • The offender knew the victim was pregnant.
  • Assault or battery involving someone 65 years of age or older — Offense classes and sentences are increased for this class of victims. Aggravated assault or aggravated battery upon a senior citizen incurs a minimum mandatory sentence of three years in state prison and a maximum fine of $10,000. It is no defense that the offender did not know the age of the victim.
  • Assault or battery on a law enforcement officer, et. al. — When the victim is a police officer, firefighter, EMT or other protected worker, the offense is raised to a higher class. Aggravated assault on a police officer carries a mandatory minimum sentence of three years in state prison. Aggravated battery carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years.

Contact experienced former prosecutors in St. Petersburg for your assault charges

Criminal charges of assault and battery can cause more than embarrassment; it can cost you years of your life. Our former prosecutors can aggressively defend you and seek the best possible outcome. For quality representation, call Kidder & Bennett today at 727.821.8000 or contact our St. Petersburg office online.

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