Self-Defense for an Assault or Battery ChargeIt is only right that assault and battery should be treated as very serious crimes with strict punishments. We cannot live in a world where we feel unsafe walking the streets or where violence is allowed to go unpunished.

However, it is also important that we should be allowed to defend ourselves. If you are assaulted in public or even in your own home, then ‘turning the other cheek’ might not always be an option. Sometimes, you have no option but to defend yourself or you could be putting your own life at risk.

In the case of an assault or battery arrest, it falls upon your criminal defense team to prove that you were indeed acting purely in self-defense. Finding a Broward criminal lawyer and ensuring you fully understand the law can help you make this possible.

Understanding Assault and Battery

Assault and battery are violent crimes and anytime you get into a physical altercation that results in the other person being harmed, you may find yourself at risk of these charges.

Assault charges do not hinge on the evidence of injuries however but rather on the intent to assault. Assault can be defined as any instance wherein the victim held a ‘well-founded belief’ that they were about to be physically harmed by another. This is considered a misdemeanor of the second degree and is punishable by a fine up to $500.

Broward Criminal Lawyer - Self-Defense for an Assault or Battery ChargeAggravated assault is the next step up and means that the attacker either intended to seriously injure their victim, or that they used a weapon. This is punishable by up to $5,000 and five years in prison.

Battery meanwhile means that the offender actually managed to strike the other person against their will. For first time offenders, this is comparable to assault – considered a misdemeanor. The crime is considered more severe if the victim is a pregnant woman, if the striking results in permanent disfigurement, if this is a repeat offense etc.

If you are accused of assault or battery, then using a Broward criminal defense attorney can help to ensure you get the minimum charge or that you avoid the charges entirely.

Claiming Self Defense

Under some circumstances, you may claim that you were acting in self-defense. In this scenario, you may be able to avoid charges. Under Florida Statute Sec. 776.012, people have a right to defend themselves. Using a Broward criminal lawyer, you may be able to prove this claim and thereby avoid a wrongful charge or imprisonment.

We handle a variety of criminal law cases, so call us now if you have any questions, (954) 256-1464.

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