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Battery Charges in St. Augustine

St. Augustine Battery Lawyer

Were you arrested on charges of battery or aggravated battery? Did the charges include use of a deadly weapon? Either way, you may be curious about what these charges entail and what penalties you could be looking at if you are convicted. Potential penalties will largely depend on whether or not the state attorney decides to charge you with a felony or a misdemeanor offense.

Types of Battery Charges

Simple battery occurs when a person either: (a) actually and intentionally touches or strikes another person against the will of the other; or (b) intentionally causes bodily harm to another person. Simple battery is a first-degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to one year in jail.

Felony battery occurs when a person (a) actually and intentionally touches or strikes another person against the will of the other; and (b) causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement. Felony battery also occurs when a person who has been previously convicted of misdemeanor battery is accused of committing a second misdemeanor battery. Felony battery is a third-degree felony, which is punishable by up to five years in state prison.

Aggravated battery occurs when a person (a) commits a battery and intentionally or knowingly causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement; or (b) uses a deadly weapon while committing a battery. Aggravated battery also occurs when a person commits a battery on a victim who is pregnant at the time of the offense and the person committing the battery knew or should have known that the victim was pregnant. Aggravated battery is a second-degree felony, which is punishable by up to 15 years in state prison.

Strong Advocacy for Your Case

We at the Albaugh Law Firm in St. Augustine and Jacksonville, Florida take protecting your rights seriously and are prepared to thoroughly investigate all of the circumstances surrounding your arrest from the very beginning. Call a St. Augustine attorney from our firm right away. The first step is to obtain copies of the documentary evidence, such as the police reports, charging affidavit, transcripts of 911 calls, and witness affidavit(s), among others. If you or a loved one is facing battery charges, contact the Albaugh Law Firm today for your free consultation.