A battery is an intentional touching of another person against his or her will or an intentional act that results in bodily harm of another. A battery is a first-degree misdemeanor; however, a second charge of battery results in a third-degree felony. An accidental touching or a threat to do an act that would result in bodily harm does not constitute battery. If you are charged with battery, you may want to seek legal counsel to determine if you have any defenses to such an allegation. Battery can be between people who never met or people who have a relationship with one another (domestic violence battery).

Battery can have some aggravating factors (a weapon, a child, a person over the age of 65, etc.). Commonly, a criminal domestic battery case will be coupled with a Petition for a Domestic Violence Injunction (DVI). A DVI is a civil matter; however, a violation of a DVI may result in a criminal charge. Domestic violence is a very serious offense and should be defended properly. A person charged with a criminal case must be very careful about his or her testimony at the DVI hearing.

Criminal Defense Against Battery Charges

For more information on how to defend yourself against battery charges, you can contact the attorneys at Schwam-Wilcox & Associates. Call 407-982-2714 or 888-337-5886, or send us an email to schedule a complementary consultation.