Battery on a Pregnant Woman Attorney in Fort Walton Beach
If you have been arrested in Fort Walton Beach for Battery on a Pregnant Woman, the stakes are high. You are facing a felony conviction on your record and a mandatory prison sentence if you are convicted. In order to give yourself the best chance of avoiding these devastating and lifelong consequences, it’s important that you make smart decisions. Decisions that will greatly affect the outcome of your case. Here are just a few things you need to be thinking about:
- The benefits of hiring an experienced, local attorney vs. hoping for the best with a public defender,
- Having your attorney contact the alleged victim to have contact with you restored,
- Making a decision not to talk to the police without your attorney present.
Obviously, there are no guarantees about what the outcome in your case will be, but deciding wisely on the 3 things I listed above will go a long way towards pushing your case in a favorable direction.
Flaherty Defense Firm has been defending clients charged with Battery on a Pregnant Woman in Fort Walton Beach and Okaloosa County for over 16 years. Over the years we have earned a reputation for and a track record of success. We understand that you are stressed and scared about what is going to happen. We are here to help you. When you are ready for us to go to work getting your life back on track, call us 24/7 at (850) 243-6097 to discuss your options.
Battery on a Pregnant Woman in Fort Walton Beach under Florida Law
Battery on a Pregnant Woman is considered an Aggravated Battery offense, not because of the severity of the injury inflicted, but because of the alleged victim’s status as a pregnant woman. In other words, even if the battery was minor enough to only be a misdemeanor under normal circumstances, if the alleged victim was pregnant, the State will charge you with felony Aggravated Battery.
To prove the crime of Battery on a Pregnant Woman, the State must prove the following three elements beyond a reasonable doubt:
- The defendant intentionally touched or struck the victim against her will and intentionally caused bodily harm to the victim.
- The victim was pregnant at the time.
- The defendant in committing the battery knew or should have known that the victim was pregnant.
Penalties for Battery on a Pregnant Woman
Battery on a Pregnant Woman is a 2nd degree felony and is punishable by up to 15 years incarceration. Florida sentencing guidelines classify this charge as a level 7 offense. If you are convicted, you will face a mandatory minimum sentence of 21 months in prison. The state attorney can also add additional points for the victim’s injury, therefore adding more time to your potential prison sentence.
Defending Your Fort Walton Beach Battery on a Pregnant Woman Case
I understand that all of this information may seem daunting and it is completely normal to be feeling overwhelmed and scared about what is going to happen next. I want you to know there is hope for your case. There are defenses we can raise, including self-defense and lack of knowledge about the alleged victim’s pregnancy, to secure the best possible result for your case.
If you have been charged with Battery on a Pregnant Woman in Fort Walton Beach, call Flaherty Defense Firm anytime day or night at (850) 243-6097 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your options.