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Okaloosa County Battery on Law Enforcement Attorney

If you or a family member has been arrested for Battery on Law Enforcement in Okaloosa County, call Flaherty Defense Firm today to speak with a criminal defense attorney who has the experience necessary to fight this charge. The Office of the State attorney has taken a firm stance on these cases and will be looking to prosecute you to the full extent of the law, so it’s imperative to have an advocate defending your best interests.

Tim Flaherty has dedicated his career to defending those accused of or arrested on criminal charges. In our 14 years of experience, the team at Flaherty Defense Firm has found that a properly executed defense can result in reduced sanctions, reduced charges, or even a full dismissal. Call us today at (850) 243-6097 to schedule a free consultation. We will discuss the details of your individual case and answer any questions you have about getting your case resolved and your life back on track.

Florida Law: Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer

Florida Statute 784.07 defines Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, which states:

  • The defendant intentionally touches or strikes a law enforcement officer against his or her will or causes bodily harm;
  • The defendant knows that the alleged victim was a law enforcement officer; and
  • The law enforcement officer was engaged in the lawful performance of his or her duties when the defendant committed the battery.

Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer is a third degree felony in Okaloosa County and is punishable by up to five years in the Florida Department of Corrections. In addition to the possibility of jail time, if you are convicted of Aggravated Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, a five year mandatory prison sentence applies.

What is the difference between simple battery and battery on a law enforcement officer?

The difference between a misdemeanor battery charge and battery on a law enforcement officer is the occupation of the alleged victim. Enhanced penalties apply for a battery against one of the following persons:

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Emergency Medical Care Provider
  • Firefighter
  • Railroad Special Officer
  • Traffic Accident Investigation Officer
  • Traffic Infraction Enforcement Officer
  • Parking Enforcement Specialists
  • Security Officer Employed By The Board Of Trustees Of A Community College
  • Federal Law Enforcement Officer

Defending Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer in Okaloosa County

There are four elements that the State must prove in order to convict you of Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer:

  1. Defendant intentionally touched or struck the victim against his or her will or caused bodily harm to the victim.
  2. The victim was a law enforcement officer (see above list).
  3. The defendant knew the victim was a law enforcement officer (see above list).
  4. The victim was engaged in the lawful performance of his or her duties when the battery was committed.

An experienced Okaloosa County criminal defense attorney will look at these four elements as four different opportunities to keep a conviction off of your record and keep you out of jail. We will look at the details of your case and talk about the best tactics and strategies to get your Battery on a Law Enforcement charge resolved without a felony conviction. Call our office to discuss how we can do that for you

Contact an Okaloosa County Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer Lawyer

In many instances, the prosecutor may offer a diversion program for first time offenders. Unfortunately that will not happen easily with Battery on Law Enforcement cases. You will need someone to stand up to the State Attorney and fight for you. Having an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side from the beginning could mean the difference between freedom and jail time.

Don’t leave your future in the hands of a Public Defender who you may not even speak with before court. Call Flaherty Defense Firm today to get all the answers you need before going to your first court date. We are available 24/7 at (850) 243-6097 and we are ready to take the stress that you have been dealing with off of your shoulders and defend you or your loved one.

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