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Battery: What you need to know about this violent crime

Facing charges for any crime is difficult, but when you're accused of battery, you face a slew of penalties. Battery cases vary, but the law can be harsh on those who participate in these violent acts.

Battery is defined as intentionally harming or touching someone in an offensive manner. To be battery, the victim must not have given consent to have been touched or harmed.

With battery, you must intend to touch or come into contact with another person, but there is no requirement that you intended to hurt that person. Since one requirement is that you must have intended to come into contact with someone, accidentally hitting or injuring someone would not constitute a battery offense.

When it comes down to it, a battery only really takes place if there is offensive or harmful contact. Although the victim doesn't necessarily need to be harmed for the battery charge to hold, it's easier to defend the charge if the victim was uninjured. Sometimes, assault and battery charges are combined together into one charge, and in that case, you may need to fight a different type of case. Assault is simply an attempt to hurt someone or scaring someone with threatening behavior, which is a much looser definition and easier to prosecute.

If you're facing assault or battery charges, you need to develop a defense that supports your side of events. You need to explain what happened and defend why you acted the way you did. With the right support from your attorney, you can make sure the court has both sides of the story.

Source: FindLaw, "Assault and Battery Overview," accessed June 02, 2017

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