Assault and Battery in Domestic Violence Cases
Tampa Domestic Violence Lawyer
Two common criminal charges that can be levied as part of a domestic violence dispute include assault and battery. When a one person threatens another, putting them in fear, it is considered an assault. When actual physical contact is made, this constitutes battery. When that battery involves serious injury or when a weapon was used in its commission, the charge can be escalated to felony battery or aggravated battery. And if there is forced sexual activity or touching that occurs, sexual battery charges can also be filed.
All of these crimes can be committed as part of a domestic violence incident. They may happen inside your own home, but they are not considered by law enforcement to be a private family matter. If police are called to the scene, an arrest will be made and criminal charges filed.
If you or a loved one has been arrested in such an incident, a Tampa domestic violence lawyer can offer sound legal guidance. Regardless of how the incident began or the circumstances of the case, if battery occurs, it is likely that you will be facing a court and possibly a jury. It will not change if parties have worked things out on their own, and the alleged victim does not wish to press charges. A prosecutor may also pursue assault or battery charges on the basis of very weak evidence, such as an accusation that is exaggerated, or when there are other circumstances involved, such as cases of self defense. You will need the assistance of a tenacious and skilled legal team who can seek to have charges dropped or dismissed, or seek an acquittal at trial.
Domestic Violence Attorney in Tampa
The Law Office of Timothy Hessinger can help ensure that your side of the story is heard. Our team has extensive criminal defense experience and can help to aggressively fight assault and battery charges. Having served on both sides of the courtroom aisle, Attorney Hessinger has a unique insight into the justice system. We will keep you well-informed along each step of the process and our mission is to seek justice for our clients and protect their rights with skilled legal actions from the moment of the arrest.
Contact a Tampa domestic violence attorney
immediately for if charged with domestic violence.