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If you or your loved one has been charged with Battery (or “batt”), contact Tallahassee criminal defense attorney Joe Bodiford.  What follows is the Florida batt statute:

784.03. Battery; felony battery

Bodiford Law Notes:  This statute prohibits any unwanted touching.  The touching does not have to be a hit, punch, or slap . . . it can be as simple as a pat on the butt, or even simply grabbing someone’s hand.  If the person does not want to be and does not consent to the touch, it’s a batt under Florida criminal law.


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How Bodiford Law will defend you

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(1)(a) The offense of battery occurs when a person:

1. Actually and intentionally touches or strikes another person against the will of the other; or

2. Intentionally causes bodily harm to another person.

(b) Except as provided in subsection (2), a person who commits battery commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

(2) A person who has one prior conviction for battery, aggravated battery, or felony battery and who commits any second or subsequent battery commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. For purposes of this subsection, “conviction” means a determination of guilt that is the result of a plea or a trial, regardless of whether adjudication is withheld or a plea of nolo contendere is entered.

Joe Bodiford has handled countless cases like this one. From punching in the face, to a simple swat of someone’s arm. Bodiford Law has seen it all. Joe Bodiford is an expert at cross examination and his crosses win cases.

Self-defense and “Stand Your Ground” may be defenses available to you – contact us today to discuss how we can defend you. Remember, the State is already working on a case against you!