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In Florida the penalties for crimes of violence can carry lengthier prison sentences then non violent crimes.

Misdemeanor battery versus felony Battery or aggravated battery

The offense of battery occurs when a person actually and intentionally touches or strikes another person against the will of the other or intentionally causes bodily harm to another person. In Florida if you have a prior conviction for battery, aggravated battery or felony battery a second or subsequent charge of battery will be charged as a felony. If charged with a felony battery you are facing five years in Florida State prison.

Felony Battery- The difference between felony battery and misdemeanor battery is whether the accused has a prior battery as discussed above or if the accused caused great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement. Often the debate between a Defense Attorney and a State Attorney is whether the victim actually underwent bodily harm, permanent disability or permanent disfigurement.

Aggravated Battery- Carries the same elements that need to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt before one can be found guilty but include the intent element. If a defendant is found to have intentionally or knowingly caused great bodily harm, permanent disability or permanent disfigurement he or she is facing a second degree felony and if convicted is facing up to ten years in the Florida State prison.

Other violent crimes in Florida include sex crimes, battery on a law enforcement officer, assault, armed robbery, armed trafficking, burglary with a battery and 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 sucessfully. Call Jeffrey I. Reisman at (813) 258 5333.