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Tampa Violent Crime Lawyers

Arrested in Tampa Florida?
Contact an Aggressive Tampa Defense Lawyer before you speak to the police!

Tampa criminal defense attorney Jeffrey Reisman is experienced handling battery and other violent crimes cases in Florida. As a former prosecutor and now an experienced defense attorney, he is ready to defend you against accusations of violence, including domestic violence.

In Florida crimes of violence can carry lengthier prison sentences than non-violent crimes. Reisman can represent you in the state courts or the federal courts in Tampa, using his knowledge of the criminal courts system to your advantage.

About Battery in Florida

According to Florida state law, battery is an offense that happens when:

  • One person intentionally touches or strikes another person against the will of the other and/or
  • One person intentionally causes bodily harm to another person

Misdemeanor Battery

Note that individuals can be charged with and convicted for a misdemeanor battery charge even if the contact was relatively minor, as little an unwanted touch of the hand from one person to another. 

Don't ever underestimate the seriousness of any battery or assault charge. Your reputation is on the line, even if the offense is a misdemeanor. And never assume a case is "clear-cut." A good defense attorney is your best hope for winning these cases and protecting your name.

Felony Battery

The difference between felony battery and misdemeanor battery is whether the accused caused great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement.

Often, Defense Attorneys and State Attorneys dispute whether the victim actually experienced the level of damage outlined above. In some cases, a state attorney may agree to reduce a felony charge to a misdemeanor battery charge based on a defense attorney's arguments.

Also, any battery case will be elevated to a felony if the accused has been convicted previously of any battery charge. This applies even when the current case would be considered a misdemeanor.

Aggravated Battery

Aggravated battery applies when investigators believe:

  • A person intentionally or knowingly caused great bodily harm, permanent disability or permanent disfigurement and/or
  • A person used a deadly weapon in the commission of a battery offense.

The defendant will face a second-degree felony and if convicted is facing up to 10 years in the Florida State prison.

Defense for all Violent Crimes Charges in Tampa Bay

Reisman is prepared to defend you against all violent crime accusations throughout the Tampa Bay area.

  • Sexual Assault/Sex Crimes
  • Domestic Violence
  • Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer
  • Assault
  • Armed robbery
  • Armed trafficking
  • Burglary with a battery
  • Aggravated assault.

If you or a significant other has been charged with a violent crime contact an attorney who has both prosecuted and defended aggressively and successfully. Call Jeffrey I. Reisman at (813) 258-5333.