Felony Battery in Florida
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In Florida, felony battery is committed when a defendant actually and intentionally strikes a person without the person’s consent and in doing so causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement.
In contrast to criminal aggravated battery felony battery does not involve a conscious intent to cause great bodily harm.
Required Elements of Criminal Felony Battery in Florida
In order for the state to succeed in a prosecution for criminal battery the prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt:
- The defendant intentionally touched or struck the alleged victim without consent; and
- The battery caused great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement.
Penalties for Felony Battery
Felony Battery is classified as a third degree felony. If convicted you may be sentenced up to five (5) years in prison or five (5) years of probation, with fines of up to $5,000.
Additional penalties may include restitution awards for medical bills and other losses of the victim, community service, substance abuse evaluations and treatment, psychological evaluations and treatment, as well as counseling.
Defenses to Criminal Felony Battery
Criminal felony battery is a defendable charge in criminal law. A decision to plead guilty should not be made without a lawyer thoroughly reviewing your case and considering all of your legal options.
Some of the most common defenses which can assist in having your case dropped or reduced prior to trial include self defense, defense of others, defense of property, stand your ground law, mutual combat, no serious injuries, factual disputes about the underlying incident, lack of evidence of a battery, and lack of intent.
Early Negotiation is Critical in Criminal Felony Battery
Early contact in the criminal process communicates competence, resolve, and establishes a rapport that may be needed during future negotiations.
We will make early contact with the prosecutor to present factual defenses, legal issues, and mitigating circumstances that may have a dramatic impact on the State’s decision to move forward against you.
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Our Florida felony battery criminal lawyers serve clients in Palm Beach County, Broward County, Miami Dade County, and most other Florida cities and counties.
We handle criminal law cases and felony battery charges in Palm Beach, Broward, Miami Dade County and throughout Florida.