Okaloosa County Battery Attorney
Unlike many states, Florida has enacted a no tolerance policy for violent offenses. If a battery occurs and law enforcement comes to the scene, someone is getting arrested. Okaloosa County law enforcement is not allowed to let a fight between friends go without taking one of the friends to jail. For over 14 years, Tim Flaherty has been defending people just like you charged with battery in Okaloosa County. Contact a team with a winning track record in defending Okaloosa County battery cases. Flaherty Defense Firm is here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (850) 243-6097 for a free consultation.
Understanding Battery under Florida Law
Battery is defined as an offense that occurs when one person intentionally touches or strikes another person against their will or intentionally causes bodily harm to the other person. The simple definition is if you strike someone and they did not want you to, you have committed battery. Injury is not required for battery to be charged. An act as simple as grabbing an arm, spitting, or throwing an object and striking a person constitutes battery.
Battery is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail, 1 year of probation, and up to a $1,000 fine. Bar fights and scuffles on the beach are some of the more common battery incidents in Okaloosa County, especially during tourist season.
How will a Battery charge affect a military member?
We are blessed to have a large military presence here in Okaloosa County. When service members get in trouble, it is important that your attorney understand the unique challenges that you face if convicted in civilian court.
If you are a member of the military stationed at Eglin AFB, Duke AFB, or Hurlburt AFB, a battery conviction can be a career ending charge. In addition to fighting for your freedom on the civilian side, you could be faced with military sanctions and even separation. The military views arrests for violent offenses to be an act against the military itself.
A conviction for battery could also affect your ability to keep your security clearance. This applies to both military members as well as civilian contractors with a security clearance.
Will a Battery conviction affect my right to own or possess a gun?
Yes it will. There is a federal law known as the Lautenberg Amendment found at 18 U.S.C. 922(g) that requires a 3 year revocation of your right to own or possess a firearm if you are found guilty or convicted of a misdemeanor crime of violence, including Battery.
What can an Okaloosa County Criminal Defense Attorney do to help me?
As with any criminal case we defend, we start with the details of your side of the incident, review all police records, audio/video files, witness statements, etc. At the same time, we will work with you on preparing mitigation and make contact with the alleged victim. Many battery cases that we defend are dismissed or successfully resolved before going to court because of the pre-trial work that we invest.
This charge may seem like a low level misdemeanor to some but we know that it is life altering to you and we treat it that way. From the moment that you meet our defense team you will know that you have made the right choice with Flaherty Defense Firm. Our priority is to save your future and our number one goal is getting your case dismissed.
Contact an Okaloosa County Battery Lawyer for the Help You Need
If you have been charged with Battery in Okaloosa County, contact Flaherty Defense Firm today. Let our legal team fight to defend your freedom and your career. We are here for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (850) 243-6097.