Fort Walton Beach Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon Attorney
When faced with a charge as serious as Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon in Fort Walton Beach, the worst mistake you could make would be to take it lightly. You may be hoping that the victim will drop the charges or not show up for court. You may be thinking that the public defender is “good enough.”
Are you willing to settle for “good enough” when your freedom is on the line? Aggravated Battery is deemed to be a crime of violence. Because of that, prosecutors do not drop Aggravated Battery cases as readily as they do misdemeanor battery charges. Whether the victim wants to prosecute or not, the State will press forward against you with or without their cooperation.
Unless you have the right battery defense attorney on your side, the State will roll right over you and send you to prison. I hate to be so blunt, but it is the truth. Aggravated Battery charges require a serious and strategic response.
If you have been charged with Aggravated Battery in Fort Walton Beach, call me at (850) 243-6097 and let’s get to work.
Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon Under Florida Law
First let’s define what Battery means under Florida Statute 784.03. Battery is committed when a person intentionally strikes or touches another person against their will.
Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon is simply a battery that is committed with a deadly weapon according to Fla. Stat. 784.045.
Common examples of what constitutes a deadly weapon include firearms, baseball bats, clubs, knives, etc, but the definition is not limited to those obvious examples. A deadly weapon can be any object that causes great bodily harm.
Penalties For Aggravated Battery In Fort Walton Beach
Usually, Aggravated Battery is charged as a second degree felony with a term of incarceration of up to 15 years. Under certain circumstances, the charge can be enhanced to a first degree penalty with a maximum term of 30 years in prison.
The Florida sentencing guidelines indicate that Aggravated Battery is a level 7 offense with a sentence of at least 21 months incarceration. Depending on the severity of the victim’s injury, the minimum sentence can be much higher.
Defending your Fort Walton Beach Aggravated Battery Charge
I will prepare your defense along several different lines:
- I will prepare your case for trial from day one;
- I will investigate the alleged victim’s background and their story;
- I will talk to the alleged victim to find out if they want to press charges;
- I will carefully review all police reports and witness statements;
- I will take depositions of all important witnesses to question them under oath;
- I will work to get the prosecutor to either agree to dismiss the case, or consider an option such as Pretrial Diversion.
Either way, when it comes time to make decisions about the final outcome, you will know that I am prepared, have explored all options, and have put you in the best position possible for a favorable outcome.
If you have been charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon in Fort Walton Beach, call me 24/7 at (850) 243-6097.