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Assault & Battery

Were you Arrested After an Argument but Felt You Were Only Defending Yourself?

If so, you may have been surprised when you were handcuffed and charged with assault and battery. No matter how you saw the incident, a law enforcement officer can charge you with assault if someone had a reasonable fear that you intended to harm them, and you appeared to be capable of doing so. After a thorough review of your case, our attorneys may be able to substantiate a plea negotiation or dismissal of the charges by identifying the underlying causes, such as being intoxicated, acting in self defense, or coming to the aid of another.

At the Law Offices of Edwards & Jones, we have defended clients charged with assault and battery for cases to involving:

  • Simple Assault
  • Simple Battery
  • Domestic Violence
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Self-Defense in an Assault
  • Aggravated Assault or Battery
  • Road Rage
  • Fighting in Public
  • Felony Assault or Battery
  • Battery on a Law Officer

Assault Defense Lawyers | Gainesville, Ocala, Lake City & Palatka

When you become angry, it is very important to pick your words carefully. If someone believes a credible threat exists, you can be charged with assault. If you carry out the threat by unlawfully touching another person, then the offense becomes battery. Unfortunately, many assault and battery arrests are the result of an alleged victim telling a better story to the police. When your side of the story goes untold, you can face hefty fines, probation or jail time. It is always prudent to seek the immediate advice of legal counsel. To speak with an attorney about protecting your future, call at 352.377.7800.

Help from Criminal Defense Attorney Chris Jones

Distinct from the crime of assault, battery is when a person is accused of deliberately and intentionally touches, hits, punches, or otherwise makes unwanted physical contact with an alleged victim. It is the job of the prosecution to prove beyond reasonable doubt that contact was made without consent, though no serious injury has to occur.

At Christopher J. Jones, P.A., our attorney is backed by experience gained through handling thousands of trials. We are proud to have established a track record of success due to our commitment to excellence and to client-oriented legal services. We are available 24/7 to schedule a free case evaluation!

To learn more about these charges and if your case falls under the umbrella of battery, call 352.377.7800. Gainesville criminal defense lawyer Chris Jones has the knowledge to help you.

Misdemeanor vs. Felony Battery

As with most crimes in Florida, the penalties for battery can be charged differently depending on a number of factors. These include whether or not you have prior convictions, the extent of injury, and if a deadly weapon was used in the alleged offense. Lesser crimes are charged as misdemeanors, while more destructive issues may come with felony penalties if you are convicted.

Consequences for a battery conviction include:

  • Simple battery: Charged as a first-degree misdemeanor, you face prison for up to a year and a fine of up to $1,000.
  • Felony battery: Sentences include prison for up to five years and a fine of up to $5,000. This is a third-degree felony.
  • Aggravated battery: A second-degree felony, you can receive up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Because these penalties are severe, it is important that you seek representation from dedicated Gainesville criminal defense lawyer Chris Jones. We will exhaust every avenue available to our firm in order to pursue the best possible outcome.

Defending Yourself with a Gainesville Battery Attorney!

In many cases, a battery charge arises from a case of self-defense or because you were defending another person. In these cases, you should not be punished for protecting yourself or others. You may also be accused of battery for an accident or if you lacked the intent to hurt the alleged victim, which is why our skilled attorney and legal team works to examine all the facts in your case to build a strong defense on your behalf.

Call 352.377.7800 today to learn more about how we can help you. Schedule your free initial consultation today.

DISCLAIMER: This website does not seek to nor does it establish an attorney-client relationship. The content is provided "as is" and should not be construed as legal advice on any matter of criminal defense. Seek the services of a qualified attorney immediately following an arrest for assault or battery.

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