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Assault AND BATTERY

At the law office of Frank P. Bianco, P.A., we understand that facing charges of assault and battery can be a daunting and stressful experience. These charges can be a misdemeanor or a felony. Regardless of the specific charge, taking immediate action by hiring a skilled criminal defense attorney can be a pivotal step in ensuring your side of the story is presented to the State’s Attorney while they contemplate the filing of formal charges. For over 33 years, the law office of Frank P. Bianco, P.A., have been handling criminal cases and protecting the rights of individuals facing assault and battery charges. Let us put our knowledge, experience, and determination to work for you, ensuring that your rights are upheld, and your defense is strong.

UNDERSTANDING ASSAULT AND BATTERY IN FLORIDA:

Assault and battery are distinct but related criminal offenses in Florida. Usually when contact is
not made to another person it is assault, when contact is made to another person it is battery.

These terms represent two separate and defined offenses.

  • Assault: The act of making threats of imminent violence, either through spoken words
    or physical gestures. In other words, the perceived threat alone can lead to an assault
    charge in Florida.
  • Battery: The intentional physical contact. It may but does not necessarily require intent
    to do violence or cause harm. Whether it involves striking, touching, or any form of
    physical force, a battery charge necessitates demonstrable intentional rather than
    accidental contact.

POTENTIAL CONSEQUENCES OF ASSAULT AND BATTERY CONVICTIONS:

Being convicted of assault and battery in Florida can have serious consequences that may
impact your life for years to come. These consequences may include:

1. Criminal Penalties: Depending on the severity of the offense, penalties can range from
fines to incarceration. Aggravating factors such as the use of a deadly weapon or the
victim’s age can lead to enhanced penalties. A person previously convicted of battery
may face a felony charge when accused of an act that would typically be considered a
misdemeanor battery.

2. Criminal Record: A conviction for assault and battery will result in a permanent criminal
record, which can affect employment opportunities, housing options, and more.

3. Restraining Orders: In cases of domestic violence-related assault and battery, a
restraining or no contact order may be issued, limiting your contact with the alleged
victim.

4. Civil Lawsuits: Victims of assault and battery may choose to file civil lawsuits seeking
compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and other damages, including
punitive damages.

If you or someone you know is facing assault and battery charges, contact the law office of Frank P. Bianco, P.A., to schedule a free initial consultation.

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