Assault and Battery Attorney
Serving Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach and all of Florida
If you have been accused of assault or battery, you need to protect your rights and hire a criminal defense attorney. An assault or battery charge can impact the rest of your life – from obtaining professional licenses to employment and even your ability to find housing in the future.
Tony Bennett Law knows how the justice system works and we use defense tactics that drive favorable case outcomes.
Felony or Misdemeanor?
It is hard to tell whether or not you will be charged with a misdemeanor or felony in these types of cases. Often battery is the touching or striking of a person without that person’s consent. Simple battery, which is also referred to as “misdemeanor battery” is an offense that doesn’t involve any aggravating factors, which means you did not:
- Use a weapon
- Cause serious injury
- Assault during a domestic violence dispute
If you have a prior battery conviction, second battery could be charged as a felony – and a felony conviction could impact the rest of your life.
Assault is when you attempt to commit violence towards another and/or you take actions to carry out threats.
In a “simple assault” case, you will make threats or attempt to create fear with actions, while aggravated assault cases are third-degree felonies with serious bodily injury or the attempt to injure while using a weapon.
The Penalties for Assault and Battery
If you are charged with assault and battery, you face serious consequences, which can include:
- Simple Assault – Charged as a second degree misdemeanor and carries a 60-day sentence and max fine of $500.
- Aggravated Assault – Charged as a third degree felony, which carries up to five years on prison and a max fine of $5,000.
- Simple Battery – Charged as a first degree misdemeanor, which carries one year in prison and a max fine of $1,000.
- Felony Battery – Charged as a third degree felony and can include up to five years in prison and a max fine of $5,000.
- Aggravated Battery – Charged as a second degree felony, which carries up to 15 years in prison and a max fine of $10,000.
Contact an Assault and Battery Attorney Right Away
If you are the suspect of an assault and/or battery case or you have been arrested for these crimes, then you need to contact a criminal defense attorney right away. An attorney can help protect your rights – regardless if you are just being questioned or you have officially been arrested.
If you or a loved one is facing assault and battery charges, contact the team at Tony Bennett Law today. We offer free, no-obligation consultations and can assist you with your case.
Call 561-972-7021 to get started or visit us at our office in Jupiter, FL today.