​In North Port, A 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. There are a wide array of potential defenses in a battery or assault case.

784.03 Battery; felony battery.

(1)(a) The offense of battery occurs when a person:

1. Actually and intentionally touches or strikes another person against the will of the other; or

2. Intentionally causes bodily harm to another person.

(b) Except as provided in subsection (2), a person who commits battery commits a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

(2) A person who has one prior conviction for battery, aggravated battery, or felony battery and who commits any second or subsequent battery commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. For purposes of this subsection, “conviction” means a determination of guilt that is the result of a plea or a trial, regardless of whether adjudication is withheld or a plea of nolo contendere is entered.

​Our North Port lawyers will analyze your specific case to determine the best defenses. Generally, speaking, the most common defenses include self-defense, defense of others, or consent. Call our firm today and schedule your free consultation.