Assault and battery are often tried together, but they are actually two different crimes. Assault is the threat of violence combined with an ability to make that threat a reality. Battery is actual physical violence.
ORLANDO, FL, May 03, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Assault and battery are often tried together, but they are actually two different crimes. Assault is the threat of violence combined with an ability to make that threat a reality. Battery is actual physical violence. It is possible to be charged with just one of these crimes, but most prosecutors will attempt to combine assault and battery to maximize the penalties you face.
One of the most common approaches a criminal defense attorney will take in an assault and battery case is circumstances. It is infrequent that violence occurs unprovoked and there are two sides to every story. When you hire an assault and battery attorney, you are choosing to have your side of the story heard, and to protect your personal and financial freedom.
A conviction of assault and battery may carry with it jail time, probation, fines, court costs, restitution, and anger management classes. These criminal consequences can take a heavy toll on your pocketbook while also stripping you of your basic freedoms. Knowing that a prosecutor is more interested in a conviction than true justice, it is always in your best interest to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side from the moment you are arrested for these crimes.
Know Your Rights
You have a right to remain silent. Use it. Do not resist arrest, but do not offer information to police either. This includes trying to persuade the police that you are innocent. You may very well be innocent, but the police are highly skilled at twisting the words of the accused to make them incriminating. Demand that an assault and battery lawyer be present during any talks with police and closely follow your attorney's advice about what to say and to whom at all times.
Your attorney will do everything possible to have your case dismissed. Barring that, your attorney can often work out a plea bargain that reduces your penalties and helps protect your precious freedoms.
If you have been charged with a violent crime in or around Orlando, Orange County, Seminole, or Osceola, Florida, please visit the website of the Central Florida assault and battery attorneys at the Umansky Law Firm for more information on how we can help ensure justice is truly served.
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