Lawyers Defending Against Charges of Assault and Battery on a Police Officer
Assault and battery on a law enforcement officer is separate charge, with more serious penalties than standard assault and battery, that is filed against someone who is accused of attacking a police officer. People are often surprised about the actions that can actually constitute assault and battery on a police officer. A person does not have to attack a police officer to be charged with this crime. Shoving or even touching a law enforcement officer is all that it takes.
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And how could I get in trouble for a crime that is so serious, if I just touch the police officer? Battery on a law enforcement officer in the state of Florida is a third degree felony, punishable up to five years in prison and a $5,000 dollar fine. Those are the maximum penalties that one faces when being arrested for that charge. The typical sentence for a battery law enforcement officer varies a great deal. In most cases, the person is looking at probation, community service hours, a letter of apology, and maybe counseling. In many cases, the battery on a law enforcement officer can actually be reduced to a simple misdemeanor called battery.
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There are many different scenarios where someone is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer or resisting arrest, ranging from kicks to punches, to even a touch on the officer's arm. The degrees of battery on law enforcement vary in their intensity. Unfortunately, you can touch an officer without consent and still be charged with the same offense as if someone bit an officer, which is obviously a lot more serious. The degree of the felony is very serious because if you're planning on becoming a professional, or if you are a professional, you can lose your license, or lose your ability to even become a professional with that charge. If you're an illegal alien, you could face deportation because of that charge.
Sometimes people don't have to actually touch a law enforcement officer to be charged with a crime. In many cases that we've seen, you've got a police officer in the downtown club for instance, and a person leaving the club. What will happen is that they'll get into an argument. And then it's alleged that the individual then curses at the police officer, threatening to hurt him. Believe it or not, those words can potentially lead to a crime called assault on a police officer.
If your words are threatening and in addition to those words you take some physical act, like a step forward towards the police officer, or if you raise your arms for police officers while you're threatening them, you could be charged with assault on a police officer.
Battery Repeat Offender?
When you see repeated behavior, when someone has been in and out of the system for resisting arrest without violence, there is a possibility that at the very least there is a problem with authority, or anger. That's why, in those cases, you'll sometimes see the prosecutors asking for jail time or heavy duty anger management counseling. In those cases, when we have people repeatedly charged with resisting arrest without violence, what we do in many cases is immediately get them in for a forensic counseling, to kind of get to the root of their behavior and perhaps to diagnose them with a psychological condition as it relates to their failure, or their inability, to deal with authority.
Assault and Battery or Self Defense?
Do you believe that you were simply taking actions to protect yourself when a police officer attacked you in a heated situation? Did the police officer use force without reason? Was pepper spray used during your arrest? We have found that many instances of assault and battery against a law enforcement officer are simply matters of people defending themselves.
Attacking the Evidence Against You
Perhaps the assault and battery did not happen, and it was made up by the police officer to justify another criminal charge against you. What evidence do the police have? Our criminal defense attorneys will investigate. We will obtain witness statements. If there is no evidence that the alleged assault and battery took place, we will seek to have the charge thrown out. Then we will attack any other charges the police have filed against you.
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