If you get into a tussle with a law enforcement officer in Florida, you could face serious penalties. Under Florida Statute Section 784.07, you can be charged with battery on a law enforcement officer if:
- You intentionally touch or strike the officer against their will or cause bodily harm.
- You know that the victim is a law enforcement officer.
- The law enforcement officer was legally performing their duties at the time of the battery.
That might seem straight forward enough to be encapsulated in a simple rule: don’t touch police officers. However, it is important to note that uniformed police officers are not the only people who are protected by the statute.
Defining ‘Law Enforcement Officer’ Broadly
For the purposes of the law, “law enforcement officer” may include:
- Ordinary police and correctional officers—whether full- or part-time
- Auxiliary law enforcement and correctional officers
- Traffic and parking enforcement officers
- Probation officers and Department of Corrections employees who supervise or provide services to inmates
- Federal law enforcement officers
- Officers of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
- Law enforcement explorers
Additionally, the same protections are extended to other public officials and servants including emergency medical care providers, firefighters, public transit employees, and security staff on college campuses.
Contact an Okaloosa County Criminal Defense Attorney
If you or a loved one have been charged with battery on law enforcement in Okaloosa County, call Flaherty & Merrifield today at (850) 243-6097 for a free consultation.