Every year in the state of Florida, thousands of people are charged with some form of assault and/or battery. These are serious criminal offenses that may result in severe criminal penalties for those convicted. Assault and battery are two distinct crimes, although they are often considered the same by many people who are not in the legal field. At Adams & Luka, our Orlando assault and battery lawyers understand the life-changing consequences you may face if found guilty, and the need to have a capable attorney on your side.
Depending on the extent of injury a victim suffers and other circumstances, these crimes may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony. Misdemeanor crimes typically do not incur penalties that are as harsh as those for a felony, although the penalties may still include up to one year in jail. Some of the offenses in the area of assault and battery include:
Regardless of the crime you are charged with or under investigation for, it is vital to your freedom and future to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney who is dedicated to securing the best possible outcome and helping you avoid negative consequences.Distinction Between Assault and Battery in Florida
There is one simple distinction between assault and battery: in an assault, no physical injury has to result for you to be charged, however a threat that causes the victim to feel frightened or intimidated by someone who is capable of carrying through with the threat may result in charges. With battery, the victim is either physically touched or struck in some way, or suffers some degree of bodily harm.
Being convicted of any form of assault and/or battery is serious, as you may not only lose your freedom and spend time in jail or prison, you may also face substantial fines and a criminal record. A criminal conviction impacts a person's life in more ways than you can imagine, including reputation, career, employment, and in some cases relationships. Having a criminal record is something you want to avoid when at all possible.Contact Adams & Luka Now
Many individuals believe they do not need a lawyer when facing criminal charges. The fact is, the likelihood of achieving your desired outcome is much greater with the assistance of a qualified Orlando assault and battery attorney. At Adams & Luka, we will thoroughly review your case, investigate the details, examine the evidence, and work diligently to develop a solid defense to fight the charges against you. We understand how police and prosecutors work, which gives us an advantage when it comes to protecting your legal rights and freedom. There are many legal options, and it may be possible to have charges dismissed or reduced. Contact our office immediately for a free consultation at (407) 872-0307 or (352) 787-2101.