BATTERY IN FLORIDA
To prove the crime of Battery, the State must prove the following element beyond a reasonable doubt:
- The Defendant intentionally touched or struck the alleged victim against his or her will, or
- The Defendant intentionally caused bodily harm to the alleged victim.
Someone with one prior conviction for battery can be charged with a felony battery if they commit a second or subsequent battery.
Penalties for Simple Battery
Battery is a misdemeanor of the first degree punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine not exceeding $1,000.