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Florida felonies: Battery convictions may lead to prison time

One man in Florida has been arrested on felony charges of battery. The charges were filed after the alleged battery victim came forward on a recent Tuesday and claimed that the man was her attacker. Just as with any other criminal charge, the accused man is presumed innocent before the court of the felonies he has been accused of committing unless and until prosecutors can prove otherwise.

The claimed attack that led to the charges occurred back in June. A woman was reportedly attacked by the man, who was her boyfriend at the time. However, the woman did not name the 36-year-old man as her attacker immediately after the incident despite the fact that sheriff's deputies had received reports that he was the man responsible.

The man was subsequently taken into custody for multiple violations involving sex offender registration and remained in jail. However, the woman was reluctant to accuse him of the battery incident. She finally did so and represented that the man was, in fact, her attacker. Consequently, the man now faces felony battery charges.

People convicted of felonies in Florida such as battery could be sentenced to years in prison. Nevertheless, no conviction is possible unless prosecutors are able to prove each and every element of the crime charged by evidence that meets an exacting judicial standard. This standard is in place to protect innocent people from being convicted of and punished for crimes they did not commit. As this case moves forward through the criminal justice system, the accused man -- alongside his legal counsel -- may have the opportunity to negotiate a plea agreement in exchange for reduced charges and/or favorable sentencing considerations. The decision whether to accept a plea bargain, if it is offered, rests solely with the defendant, and the accused retains the right to proceed to a trial on the merits.

Source: mypanhandle.com, "JCSO: Suspect charged with felony battery", Sept. 9, 2015

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