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What is 784.03-1a1 - BATTERY TOUCH OR STRIKE felony misdameanor what kind of offense is this in okaloosa county fl

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  1. It means he is charged with a misdemeanor battery unless he has a prior. Here is the statuary text:

    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.

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  2. It is the same offense in every county, a misdemeanor battery. First degree misdemeanors carry a potential one year in the county jail in Florida.

    R. Jason de Groot, Esq., 386-337-8239


  3. I agree misdemeanor of the first degree. Facts that can make battery a felony include pregnant victim, law enforcement victim, child victim, serious bodily injury or prior convictions.

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