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Aggravated Battery Lawyer in Tavares, FL

Adams & Luka

In the state of Florida, battery and aggravated battery are serious offenses which leave those convicted facing harsh criminal penalties. Considered violent crimes, it is critical to obtain the legal guidance and support of an experienced and aggressive Tavares criminal defense attorney if you find yourself facing one of these serious charges. At Adams & Luka, we are dedicated to not only protecting your legal rights and freedom, but providing exceptional representation whether you have been arrested or are under investigation.

Differences Between Battery & Aggravated Battery in Lake County

Battery may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the facts of the case. Defined under Florida Statute 784.03, battery is the intentional and unlawful striking or touching of another individual against his or her will. However, if you have been found guilty of a battery offense previously, you may face felony battery charges which is a third-degree felony. Under Florida Statute 784.041 a felony battery is committed when an individual inflicts permanent disfigurement or disability, or great bodily harm on the victim, regardless of whether the injury was intentional. It is important to note that while this is often charged as a third-degree felony, those accused may also face aggravated battery charges.

Under Florida Statute 784.045, aggravated battery occurs when someone knowingly or intentionally causes permanent disability or disfigurement, great bodily harm, or uses a deadly weapon in the commission of the crime. You may also be charged with aggravated battery when the offense is committed against a pregnant woman whom you knew or should have reasonably known was pregnant. Aggravated battery is generally charged as a second-degree felony offense.

Criminal Penalties for Battery & Aggravated Battery in Tavares

In the state of Florida, an individual may be charged with simple or domestic battery, both first-degree misdemeanor charges. Other types of battery include third-degree felony battery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon or great bodily harm, aggravated battery by strangulation or on a pregnant woman, and battery on a law enforcement officer. The penalties an individual will face if found guilty depend on the charge, and whether the accused has a prior criminal record.

Typically those charged with a first-degree misdemeanor battery will face up to one year in jail. If charged with felony battery due to a second or subsequent battery, the defendant may face a maximum of five years in prison.

With aggravated battery which as mentioned above is a second-degree felony offense, the accused may face up to 15 years in prison, however there may also be a mandatory minimum sentence the defendant must serve if convicted. Penalties also depend on whether the crime is committed against a citizen, firefighter, police or other law enforcement officer, EMS personnel, etc.

Contact Tavares Battery & Aggravated Battery Attorneys Adams & Luka Today

As you can see, the punishment for those convicted on charges of battery or aggravated battery in Tavares is serious and even life-changing. Not only may you face prison time, you will have a criminal record that will impact many areas of your life including employment, housing, and more. There are legal options you are probably not aware of; prosecutors must prove specific elements of the crime to obtain a guilty verdict. At Adams & Luka, we have the experience, skill, and committed approach essential to delivering the best possible result in your case. Contact us now for a free consultation at 352-787-2101.

Client Reviews

I would like thank my attorney Thomas Luka. I knew from the beginning I had the right guy in my corner. While celebrating with family and friends at a Public Park in Seminole County, a fight broke out among various people. Myself, and a good friend, broke up the fight and the instigators left. Six months later, I was wrongly accused as the person who started the fight. The first attorney I hired could not even get a response from the State Attorney handling the case. Someone referred me to Tom and I felt comfortable at his demeanor and reactions.

After conversations with Tom, who knew I would settle for nothing less than a FULL DISMISSAL due to my innocence, I hired him. His firm of Adams and Luka did the due diligence by interviewing witnesses and the police who were on the scene, as well as starting a dialogue with the State Attorney. After gathering statements from witnesses, Tom was able to present a strong argument on my behalf to the State Attorney on why the case should be dismissed. If the State Attorney was not willing to dismiss the case, Tom was ready to take the case to trial.

The result by Thomas Luka: Case Dismissed.

I am 53 years old with a spotless record and glad to keep it that way thanks to the time, effort, hard work, and professionalism of the Adams and Luka and Tom Luka.

Earl from Mesquite
Thomas Luka left a life-long great impression of lawyers. He was always professional, on time, and answered things honestly. From the start and during the 14 months it went on - Tom was very upfront and honest with me about the possible outcomes. The result was better than I had hoped for. Tom really over-delivered. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Marcela Giorgi
Adams and Luka were very professional and savvy in the courtroom. When you're in court with Mr. Luka you will think you have the best attorney there. I recommend this law firm. Pioneer Tech
Rich Adams is an outstanding criminal attorney. I have had the opportunity to refer several friends and clients to his practice for handling of criminal matters, and on every occasion he has produced an excellent result. Rich practices with attention to detail, a thorough knowledge of the law, and a passion to defend his clients. I will continue to refer clients to Rich Adams, and would strongly recommend him for your legal needs. Brian Pink