Simple Battery

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People often dismiss seemingly insignificant physical encounters. The commonly shared thought is that as long as the other person didn’t suffer any injuries, the aggressor is free of guilt. However, this is furthest from the truth. Florida Statute § 784.03 states that any person who “actually and intentionally touches or strikes another person against the will of the other or intentionally causes bodily harm to another person” is guilty of simple battery. While you may think it was no big deal, all it takes is for someone to press charges for you to be carried away in handcuffs.

The Orlando simple battery defense lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm are here to protect your best interests. We understand the severity of a criminal conviction (even if for a misdemeanor) and can make you aware of the legal defense options available to you. Regardless of if you are a first-time offender or have had previous run-ins with law enforcement, our team of seasoned criminal defense lawyers can provide you with the legal counsel needed to have charges lessened or dropped altogether.

Florida Penalties for Simple Battery

Simple battery is a first-degree misdemeanor in Florida punishable by:

  • Up to 1 year in jail; or
  • Up to 12 months probation; and
  • $1,000 in fines

What differentiates “simple battery” from “felony battery” or “aggravated battery” is the presence of aggravating factors. If during the commission of the offense, you possessed a deadly weapon or if you caused great bodily injury, you’d face felony charges which have far more severe criminal penalties.

However, it’s essential to keep in mind that being accused of a crime doesn’t automatically make you guilty. You have your right to due process, and to argue your case before a jury of your peers. Improve your chances of reaching a favorable conclusion to your criminal case by welcoming the help of seasoned legal counsel.

Defending Against Simple Battery Charges in Florida

With every criminal charge, there are applicable defenses. As your legal counsel, it’s our responsibility to evaluate the details of your case including what transpired before, during, and after your arrest. We can use our findings to implement the most effective criminal defense to the charges you face. Some of the most common defenses to simple battery include:

  • Mutual Combat: You and the alleged victim were engaged in a physical altercation
  • Incidental Touching: You had no intentions of striking or touching the individual
  • Self-Defense: You only made physical contact with the individual as a result of your safety being threatened
  • Stand Your Ground Law: Your use of force was within the parameters of Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law

These are only a handful of the many effective criminal defense strategies we can present refuting simple battery charges. Discover the defense strategy best fit for your case in particular by speaking with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Orlando Simple Battery Defense Lawyers

The Orlando simple battery defense lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm have over 100 years of combined criminal defense experience. Our team also consists of former state and local prosecutors who have a thorough understanding of how the State will prosecute a simple battery case.

Founder of the firm, William Umansky, is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and has built a strong team of diversely talented attorneys including Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyers and Death Penalty Certified Trial Lawyers. Bring your legal case to us, and he will take the time to meet with you personally and pair you with the criminal defense attorney best equipped to handle your case. Contact us today at 407-228-3838 for a free case evaluation.