Battery Cases

Touching another person without their permission is a misdemeanor battery. This crime is punishable by up to one year.

Committing a battery and causing serious bodily injury to someone, even if you didn't mean to, is a felony battery and is punishable by up to five years in prison.

Committing a battery with a weapon is an aggravated battery. An aggravated battery is punishable by up to 15 years.

Committing a battery where you meant to cause someone bodily injury is also punishable by up to 15 years.

Using a firearm to commit a battery is a first degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years, which also carries minimum sentences under the 10 -20-life statute. (see firearms offenses)


You do not have to injure someone to be charged with battery. Just slapping someone or grabbing them without consent can result in criminal charges.

You do not have to injure someone to be charged with Aggravated Battery. You only need to use a weapon or "intend" to cause serious bodily injury.

Photos of the alleged victim's injuries may not be admissible in your case if an Aggravated Battery with a weapon is charged.

Potential punishment can be more severe depending on how the State classifies the injury to the alleged victim.

You can commit a battery if you act in self defense or defense of another person, as long as your actions are reasonable.


Teresa Williams and Patrick Trese have successfully handled hundreds of battery cases and are well versed in the types of defenses used in these prosecutions, like self defense and "Stand Your Ground" laws in the State of Florida.

Have you been falsely accused? Did you act to defend yourself, and did the police turn a blind eye? Call Williams and Trese for the fairness you deserve.