Okaloosa County Battery Attorney
Okaloosa County law enforcement is not going to let a fight between friends go without taking someone to jail. Battery is considered a crime of violence, and will stay on your record forever unless the case is dismissed or reduced to a lesser charge.
My name is Tim Flaherty. I have been defending clients charged with Battery in Okaloosa County since 2001. Call Flaherty Defense Firm at (850) 243-6097. There is no charge for the call and everything will be kept strictly confidential. I am available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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 in your military career if you are 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 I defend, I start with the details of your side of the incident, review all police records, audio/video files, witness statements, etc. At the same time, I will work with you on preparing mitigation and make contact with the alleged victim. Many battery cases that I defend are dismissed or successfully resolved before going to court because of the pre-trial work that I invest.
This charge may seem like a low level misdemeanor to some but I know that it is life altering to you and I treat it that way. For the person in trouble, there is no such thing as a “small” case. My priority from day one will be to get your Battery case in Okaloosa County dismissed.
If you have been charged with Battery in Okaloosa County, call me 24/7 at (850) 243-6097.