Defense to Depend On Call the Miami criminal defense attorneys at Hager & Schwartz, P.A. to get started on your defense!

Assault and Battery Lawyer Miami, FL

What is Culpable Negligence?

Assault and battery are often grouped together and used interchangeably to describe a physical attack. However, assault and battery are two separate offenses which have very different meanings.

Florida statute §784.011 explains that "An 'assault' is an intentional, unlawful threat by word or act to do violence to the person of another, coupled with an apparent ability to do so, and doing some act which creates a well-founded fear in such other person that such violence is imminent." This can also include intimidating someone to the point where they genuinely believe they may be at risk of harm being done to them.

Florida statute §784.03 defines battery as any actual and intentional touching or striking of another person without that person’s will, including intentionally causing them bodily harm. Battery is different from assault in that it is defined as the intentional touching of another, against their consent. Battery may involve hitting, striking, slapping, groping or any other form of physical contact.

They are considered separate offenses because the severity of the actual altercation may be different. An assault charge may be waged even if physical contact had not been made, but a battery charge must involve intentional contact. This type of charge may be considered "culpable negligence," which is a reckless act that puts another person at risk of injury or death.

Contact our Miami assault and battery attorney to discuss your charges. Click here for a FREE Case Evaluation!

Types of Assault and Battery Offenses in Florida

There are a number of specific offenses relating to assault and/or battery in Florida, and the varying types of offenses carry different penalties, as well. Florida Statutes Title XLVI, Chapter 784 details the various types of assault & battery charges.

Our Miami assault and battery lawyers represent the following:

  • Assault
  • Sexual Assault
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Assault with the Intent of Committing a Felony
  • Battery
  • Aggravated Battery
  • Battery with a Deadly Weapon
  • Sexual Battery
  • Battery Causing Great Bodily Harm
  • Assault or Battery against a Police Officer

If you are facing assault charges, contact Hager & Schwartz for a free consultation today!

Simple Assault Charges in FL

Simple assault, which is assault with no aggravating or mitigating factors such as the use of a deadly weapon, against a protected class, or done in the commission of another offense, is generally considered a second-degree misdemeanor, which means you may face up to 60 days in jail, up to six months’ probation, and a fine of up to $500.

Aggravated Assault Charges in FL

Aggravated assault, according to Chapter 784.021, involves a deadly weapon but does not involve intent to kill. This could also include the intent to commit a felony. This is an example of an assault charge that is punishable as a felony (third degree). There are two statutes for sexual battery that are detailed in 784.046 and 784.074 of the Florida Statutes. The former involves dating violence or a history of sexual violence while the latter primarily involves sexual predators. An assault or battery charge can also result in a restraining order or domestic violence injunction.

Injunctions (restraining orders), while not a criminal charge, will bar a person from any form of contact with the filer. All a person is required to do to obtain this kind of restraining order is to prove or claim that they were the victim of violence or are at a reasonable risk for violence. A violation of a restraining order can result in additional criminal charges. With the right help, an injunction can be appealed and possibly even stopped.

Simple Battery & Aggravated Battery Charges in FL

A battery occurs when you touch someone without their consent or intentionally cause physical harm to another. Simple battery is a first-degree misdemeanor, carrying up to one year in prison or up to a year of probation. If the crime causes injuries, the victim may also seek restitution.

However, if the unconsented touching causes great bodily harm, permanent disability and/disfigurement and/or a weapon was used, it can be charged as an aggravated battery, which is a second-degree felony, which carries up to 15 years in prison or probation, plus up to $10,000 in fines. Aggravated Battery can also be charged when the unconsented touching is on a pregnant woman, regardless of extent of injury, as long as the person accused knew or should have known of the pregnancy.

However, “mutual combat,” such as a fist fight where both parties were willingly engaged in the altercation, is a valid defense to battery charges under Florida law.

Felony Battery and Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer in FL

According to Florida statute §784.041, felony batter occurs when unconsented touching causes great bodily harm, permanent disability and/or disfigurement. This offense is a felony of the third degree, punishable by up to five (5) years in prison. Under §784.07, battery on a law enforcement officer is a third-degree felony punishable by up to five (5) year in prison if the unconsented touching is on a law enforcement officer such as police, fireman, security guard.

Penalties of an Assault Conviction in Miami-Dade County

The ways in which these charges are defined and/or punished include several different circumstantial factors, like the presence of a weapon, inflicted harm, type of contact, etc. Accordingly, they are punishable by different degrees. An assault is punished as a misdemeanor of the second degree, but if charged as an aggravated assault, it becomes a felony of the third degree. Similarly, a battery charge is considered a misdemeanor of the first degree, while an aggravated battery charge is considered a felony of the second degree.

The only way to know for sure is by seeking legal representation as soon as possible. The legal process starts moving at an incredibly fast speed (within days of your arrest) which means that you need the help of a criminal lawyer.

Call us for a consultation and our Miami assault and battery lawyer can speak with you about a line of defense for your case that could possibly get your charges lessened or dropped completely.

Case Results

  • Aggravated Battery Case Dismissed
  • Aggravated Battery Case Dismissed
  • Aggravated Battery and Armed Burglary with Battery Case Dropped
  • Aggravated Battery and Domestic Violence Injunction Case and Injunction Dismissed
  • Aggravated Stalking No Jail/Prison Time
  • Armed Robbery with Firearm Case Dismissed
  • Battery Law on Enforcement Officer, Resisting an Officer without Violence, and Disorderly Intoxication Case Dismissed
  • Cocaine Trafficking Minimum Mandatory Sentences Waived
  • Controlled Substance Case Dropped
  • Criminal Mischief and Disorderly Intoxication Case Dismissed

Experience Is on Your Side

No matter where you are in the criminal process, involving a lawyer can help ensure that your Constitutional rights are well-protected. We are criminal attorneys with over four decades of experience, dedicated to the aggressive representation of our clients inside and outside the criminal courtroom. We are familiar with the local courts, judges, prosecuting attorneys and court personnel and can use this experience to your benefit.

We have a reputation for winning difficult cases, using seasoned and hard-hitting defense against any criminal charge.

Schedule Your Consultation

  • Please enter your first name.
  • Please enter your last name.
  • Please enter your phone number.
    This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.

Plan Your Defense with 
Hager & Schwartz, P.A.

  • Highlighted by SuperLawyers from years 2016-2019.
  • Top-rated lawyers fighting on your behalf.
  • Former prosecutors handling your defense.
  • Decades of legal experience on your side.
  • Available 24/7, including weekends.
  • Free initial consultation with an attorney.