Many people mistakenly assume that assault and battery are one and the same, but there are important distinctions between the two. Although both charges are quite common in Florida court, each defines specific actions and each carries different punishments based on the severity of the crime. One thing is certain, though – whether you are charged with one or both of these crimes, calling a criminal defense attorney should be the very next action you take.
Sarasota Florida Assault & Battery Lawyer
Florida considers assault to be any threat of violence to another person when you have the ability to commit that violence and the person you are threatening has reason to fear such violence. Add a weapon into the mix – anything from a rolling pin to a gun – and you have aggravated assault. Either of these carries substantial penalties and can be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the severity.
Battery occurs when actual force is used, such as when you touch or strike another against his or her will, typically with the intent to cause harm. Battery that involves significant damage to another person, such as permanent disfigurement, or that involves a weapon is considered aggravated battery.
Attorney Anthony G. Ryan, P.A.
It is easy to imagine how a person could get into a situation where assault, battery or both occur. You could have been in an argument that got out of hand and the police were called. You could even have been defending yourself from another. Regardless of the situation, though, the state is now seeking to convict you of these charges – charges that can carry heavy consequences.
As a firm devoted exclusively to criminal defense in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, we are well suited to help you with your case. We should be able to help you fight your charges and possibly get them reduced or dropped altogether depending on the case. However, we can only help you if you contact us first. Please call our firm now to see how we can help you in your current situation.