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Assault & Battery

Assault and Battery Defense

Possible defenses may include:

  • Consent The alleged victim consented to the harm, as in a sports match for instance.

  • Punishment For example, some jurisdictions allow teachers to use limited physical force to discipline students.

  • Prevention of a crime Under certain circumstances, the use of violence or force is permitted to prevent a crime.

  • Self defense, defense of property, or defense of others Force may legally be used to prevent physical harm to oneself, someone else, or to prevent the harm or theft of an individuals property.

  • Mutual, voluntary combat In some jurisdictions, a person cannot be charged with assault and battery if the parties involved mutually agreed to fight and neither used excessive or unreasonable physical force.

Assault and battery are two different but related crimes that often occur at the same time and, as a result, are typically prosecuted together. Assault involves the act of threatening to injure someone, whereas battery refers to the actual act of violence. Both assault and battery are taken very seriously in a court of law and carry harsh penalties including jail time and more.

I understand the gravity of an assault and battery charge and work vigorously to defend the rights of the accused. If you or a loved one has been accused of assault and battery, please call today for a complimentary consultation.

Assault and Battery Conviction

Individuals who are convicted of assault and battery frequently face the following consequences:

  • Imprisonment

  • Large fines

  • Probation

  • Difficulty finding or keeping a job

  • Mandatory counseling and/or anger management classes