State laws are constantly changing. Currently, Florida law defines assault and battery as two separate crimes:
- Florida Statute Section 784.011 – Assault
The threat of imminent force. Leads to the victim’s fear of imminent harm. Does not include physical contact between the perpetrator and the victim.
- Florida Statute Section 784.03 – Battery
The unwanted touching of another, typically that which causes bodily injury. Physical contact must have been against the victim’s will and done without the victim’s consent.
If you or a loved one are dealing with an assault/battery case, contact a Florida criminal defense attorney. At The Law Office of Joseph Cerino, we will fight for your rights.
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