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Assault and Battery Jenkins Law

Though assault and battery are sometimes used interchangeably, these criminal charges actually are two separate offenses under Florida law, each with varying charges depending on the degree of severity of the crime and varying penalties. Regardless of which charge a person is facing, the consequences of a conviction can be frightening, especially as they typically include hefty financial penalties and even time in prison. Unfortunately, such charges are commonly levied against people unfairly, particularly in instances of domestic disputes or drunken fights.

While facing a charge of assault or battery can be extremely stressful for anyone, having the help of an assault and battery attorney can not only alleviate some of this anxiety and fear, but also potentially give a person a better chance at having their charges reduced or, in a best case scenario, dropped altogether.

Types of Assault and Battery Charges in Florida

Florida law differentiates between assault and battery in one major way: assault is considered to be an intentional threat of harm that causes legitimate fear of this act being carried out, while battery is the act of intentionally touching or striking someone else without their consent. Under these broad charges, a person in Florida could face the following more specific charges, according to Florida’s criminal statutes:

  • Aggravated Assault
  • Felony Battery
  • Domestic Battery by Strangulation
  • Aggravated Battery

The consequences associated with conviction of these charges can be severe. Additionally, if a person is found to be guilty of committing assault or battery against an officer, child, elderly person, emergency care providers/responders, and specified officials, among others, he or she could face additional charges and penalties. Fortunately, an assault and battery attorney can help people in this situation defend their rights.

Getting in touch with an Assault and Battery Attorney

Though considered serious offenses, charges of assault and battery can be fought. In these situations, it is often best to seek the help and guidance of an assault and battery attorney like Jim Jenkins of Jenkins Law, who can help you understand your specific charges better and provide the most comprehensive assault and battery defense possible.