Battery Defense Explained
About Battery Charges
Battery, which is often linked with assault, is a distinct violent crime
by itself. And depending on the elements of an alleged crime, battery
can be classified as either a felony or a misdemeanor, and a civil or
criminal matter. And while battery is often thought of as an act of violence,
it could also be defined at the unwanted touching or overt contact by
one person to another with the intention of harming or disrespecting.
The action must be intentional or offensive. Accidentally bumping into
someone is not battery, even if the collision is great and injury results.
Spitting in someone's face, however, could lead to battery charges,
even though no injury resulted.
As you can clearly see, battery like its partner assault is a complex law
that's challenging to define without the ability to know a person's
intent. Because of this, defending a charge against battery begins with
eliminating intent. If you've been charged with battery, contact an
experienced attorney for advice and insight on your battery case.
When battery is overtly committed by one person on another and great injury
is caused, this is aggravated battery. Aggravated battery could also include
the addition of a weapon. Now, of course, we have to define what a weapon
is. Objects like a gun or a knife are clearly weapons, but a weapon could
include any number of objects. For example, if one spouse uses a coffee
mug to overtly attack and injure her spouse, this could be construed as
aggravated battery. It's important to understand, however, that the
injury cause by aggravated battery doesn't have to manifest in some
sort of wound. The spouse could be arrested and charged with battery,
or even aggravated battery, without leaving any visible sign of trauma.
Anyone charged with battery needs to secure legal representation from an
experienced lawyer from The Alband Law Firm. We can review your case,
the evidence against you, and help devise a strong defense that could
result in acquittal or a dismissal in your battery case.