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Different types of battery charges recognized in Florida

If you have recently been charged with assault or battery, you need to understand the fact that you could be in some serious trouble. Of course there are situations when these charges are filed after a simple misunderstanding or regrettable fight that you got in and these can seem like no big deal; but a criminal charge is a criminal charge and it must be taken seriously.

People may not realize the gravity of their situation until long after an alleged altercation is over. For example, you may think you are going to get a slap on the wrist because maybe there was no physical contact or because the other person started it. However, when you are charged, you can be shocked to learn that you are actually facing a felony offense.

In Florida, assault and battery charges range from simple assault or battery to felony assault and battery. Simple offenses are less severe and generally have no aggravating factors involved.

However, if an assault or battery incident involves certain people (law enforcement agents, people over 65, children), excessive force and/or intent to cause serious injury, the charges can and often are escalated to felonies in the third, second or first degree. Additionally, if a person has been determined to be guilty for battery before, any subsequent charges will likely be felonies.

Too many people make the mistake of thinking that all physical altercations are the same and that it boils down to whether a person was engaged in physical threats or violence or not. However, there are several different aspects of an alleged incident that can dramatically change the charges a person is facing and therefore the penalties he or she is facing as well.

If you have been charged with felony assault or battery, you should know that you can work with your attorney to challenge the charges in an attempt to have them reduced or dismissed.

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