Battery Charges in Pinellas County
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The charge of Battery is very common in Florida. This is because the statute prohibits the “unwanted touching or striking of another.” Many people are surprised to learn that there is no requirement that the State prove the “victim” was injured or that the force used was substantial. As a matter of fact, a simple push, shove, poke, or slap is sufficient to permit law enforcement to make an arrest.
Domestic Battery cases are made more complex by the fact that Florida law states a “preferred arrest policy” for situations where a domestic situation boils into a physical confrontation, no matter how brief or minor. Following the arrest, the prosecutor’s office has been directed by the Florida Legislature to adopt a “pro-prosecution” policy and to assign these cases to specialized and experienced prosecutors. As a result, many people who called the police for the purposes of “calming things down” or having their spouse or loved one “sleep at a friend’s house tonight” find themselves entangled in the court system that looks at the matter as criminal in nature and not a private matter
Common Questions in Battery and Domestic Battery Cases
- What if the victim doesn’t want to prosecute?
- Can the victim provide a statement that supplements or corrects what they told the police?
- How can I get the No Contact Order lifted?
- What if I was acting in self-defense?
- How does the lack of injury affect the case?
- What can I do right now in order to better my chances in court?
If you have been charged with Battery or Domestic Battery, our office can help. We are experienced criminal defense attorneys who served as former state prosecutors. We understand how the system works and can help you during this stressful and challenging time. Call our office for a free consultation at (727) 578-0303.