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Aggressive Defense Against Charges Of Assault And Battery

The terms “assault and battery” occur in many contexts referring to threats of harm or actual physical harm between people. Common scenarios leading to assault and battery include bar fights, fights in college dormitories, fights between neighbors, altercations in stores, in domestic violence contexts and in many other situations involving friction between people in close proximity. Florida’s criminal law statutes contain the following definitions of assault and battery:

  • “An ‘assault’ is an intentional, unlawful threat by word or act to do violence to the person of another [creating] a well-founded fear in [the other] person that … violence is imminent.” (Statute Title XLVI, 784.011)
  • “[Battery means actually] and intentionally [touching or striking] another person against the will of the other or [intentionally causing] bodily harm to another person.” (Statute Title XLVI, 784.043)

If you have been accused of such a crime, you will naturally hope to stay out of jail and avoid other harsh penalties. More importantly, you should hope to avoid having a criminal record that could follow you for years. At Goldman, Monaghan, Thakkar & Bettin, P.A., our defense lawyers keep these goals in mind at all times.

What Will Your Defense Be?

After investigating the facts, your defense attorney at Goldman, Monaghan, Thakkar & Bettin, P.A., may develop arguments on your behalf such as the following:

  • The police did not positively identify you as the person who hurt someone else.
  • You were not in the place where the incident happened when it happened.
  • You were acting in self-defense.
  • You injured someone unintentionally.
  • The accusations were exaggerated.
  • You did not, in fact, have a weapon and were wrongly charged with an “aggravated” crime.

Discuss your charges, your potential defenses and more with an experienced defense attorney at Goldman, Monaghan, Thakkar & Bettin, P.A. Call 321-353-7625 or send an email inquiry to schedule a free case evaluation.