Know Your Legal Resources When Charged With Assault And Battery
The specific acts that fall under the umbrella of assault and battery are highly varied. Some do not even seem like what most people would consider violent or aggressive. Unfortunately, as soon as criminal charges are filed, the stakes go way up and your freedom may be on the line. The reassuring news is that having an experienced and competent criminal defense attorney on your side can make a big difference in the outcome of your case.
That’s why you should contact the attorneys at Janet E. Johnson, P.A., Based in Jacksonville, the firm offers skilled criminal defense representation to clients throughout Florida. Firm founder Janet E. Johnson is regularly sought by news and media outlets for her authoritative and enlightening takes on criminal law matters. She utilizes that same analytical skill and grace under pressure when representing clients in the courtroom. You can learn more about the firm’s services in a free consultation. Just call 904-820-3455.
What’s The Difference Between Assault And Battery?
Assault is an attempt or threat to do physical harm to another person. Assault usually involves one person striking another, yet merely acting in a threatening manner or creating fear in another person could be considered assault. If assault involves severe physical injury or the use of a deadly weapon, a more serious charge can result. An attempt that involves the threat of serious physical injury or the use of a weapon can be considered an aggravated assault case. Battery occurs when there is actual physical contact between an attacker and a victim.
Such violent crimes are taken seriously and usually involve a prison term and high (or no) bail. While the case is pending, you may become the subject of an injunction (restraining order). The stakes are much higher in violent crimes than in almost any other type of criminal charge.
How Can An Experienced Lawyer Defend Against These Charges?
One of the keys to a successful defense is called a pretrial investigation. The prosecution has experienced investigators whose sole job is to build a sufficient case against you while offering you the legal services of a public defender. Defending against violent criminal charges requires a thorough investigation that will add reasonable doubt to the prosecution’s case. The attorneys at Janet E. Johnson, P.A., carefully prepare every defense case for trial and support you throughout the case.
Is Assault A Misdemeanor Or A Felony? What About Battery?
Each can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the facts of the case. Obviously, a felony conviction is going to carry a much harsher sentence. In many cases, if acquittal doesn’t seem possible or likely, a good attorney can argue for the charges to be significantly reduced, ultimately minimizing the consequences associated with a conviction.
Contact The Firm For Your Free Consultation
You only have one chance to hire the right attorney to defend you against your assault and battery charges. Call Janet E. Johnson, P.A., now for a free initial consultation: 904-820-3455. You can also reach out online.