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Possible Defenses Against Battery Charges

If you have been accused of battery, you are likely concerned about where to turn. Things escalate quickly and while you may have been minding your own business to start, now you are embroiled in a court case and facing time in prison. It can be scary. There’s no manual for handling this situation. That’s why it’s critical that you contact a battery defense lawyer in Tampa as soon as possible.

An attorney can review the details of your case, find inconsistencies in the prosecution’s case, and build a defense that best fits your circumstance. It’s critical to get started on your case immediately as sentences can range from 60 days to 15 years in prison, depending on the details of your case.

When working with a battery defense lawyer in Tampa at The Rickman Law Firm, the following defenses may be employed:

Self Defense

The most common of all defenses in battery cases, an attorney must determine that a threat, either tangible or perceived, was in place. They must also show that the defendant did not provoke the incident, and that there was no way to avoid the incident.

Stand Your Ground

While controversial, this defense can be applied if you are not engage in an illegal activity and you are attacked in a place that you have a right to be. In this case, you can meet “force with force” in order to avoid bodily harm.

Lack of Evidence

If there weren’t witnesses to the incident, it’s largely your word against the counterpart. Also, if it can’t be proved that you had intent to cause harm, the charges can potentially be dropped.

For a free consultation with an experienced battery defense lawyer in Tampa, please contact The Rickman Law Firm at (813) 712-8736 or submit our contact request form.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.