Assault & Battery
Assault and battery is the combination of two violent crimes. Although it is most often linked to assault, battery is a separate crime which describes the physical act of touching or striking someone on purpose with the expectations of harming or disrespecting them. Accidental contact, no matter how severe, is not considered battery. Assault, on the other hand, occurs when an action or a threat places someone in imminent fear of bodily injury or death. Unlike battery, which occurs when there is physical contact with the victim, assault does not involve physical contact. You may assault someone with no physical contact. If the victim has been actually touched by the person committing the crime, then a battery has occurred. If the victim has not actually been touched, but only threatened, then the crime is considered to be assault. Some defenses to these crimes that can be used are self-defense, defense of others and defense of property.
If you have been charged with an assault, battery, or both, a criminal defense lawyer experienced in handling these types of cases could make all the difference in your case. The Law Offices of Whittel & Melton handles assault and battery cases which include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
- Aggravated battery with a deadly weapon
- Felony battery
- Domestic violence
- Disorderly conduct
If convicted of an assault and/or battery charge, you may be face up to 15 years in prison, severe fines, restitution and probation. At the Law Offices of Whittel & Melton, we have extensive experience when it comes to defending your assault and battery charge and we will fight for your rights and your freedom.
Charged with assault and battery in Ocala, Bushnell or Gainesville? Contact us today!