Panama City Battery Defense Attorney

Battery Defined and Penalties

If you are charged with Simple Battery in violation of Florida Statutes §784.03 (2012), you can be convicted of a misdemeanor of the first degree and sentenced up to a year in jail and $1,000 in fines. Battery can be increased from a misdemeanor to a felony if the accused has previously been convicted of any Battery offense. Felony Battery is a third-degree felony with a maximum punishment of five years prison and a $5,000 fine.

Battery consists of touching or striking a person against that person's will or of intentionally causing harm to another person. Aggravated Battery occurs when the perpetrator intentionally causes the victim to suffer great bodily harm, permanent disability or permanent disfigurement. Aggravated battery is also charged in cases where the perpetrator uses a deadly weapon or knows that the victim is pregnant. Aggravated Battery is a second-degree felony, punishable by up to fifteen years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Any type of violent crime charge threatens your future, as you could not only be subjected to harsh penalties but could also end up with a criminal record that would prevent you from owning a firearm. Do not take any chances with the outcome of your case. Call or visit Shepard Law today for experienced, hard-hitting legal representation!

Defending Your Rights

As early as possible after an arrest for battery, contact Shepard Law. Mr. Shepard, a former prosecutor, maintains a successful track record of handling more than 5,000 cases and has the support of a dedicated and experienced attorney and paralegal staff that work to help you navigate the criminal justice system. Our attorneys strive to maintain good relationships with local law enforcement officers and prosecutors which may be beneficial attaining a favorable result in your case. Whether the goal in your case is to negotiate a plea bargain or to clear your name of the charges at trial, our legal team is ready to begin working on your defense today-contact Shepard Law now for a free case evaluation!