Accusations of Physical Violence
The aspects of a battery charge are very similar in nature to those of a charge for assault. However, there is one fundamental difference: Battery is the criminal offense of inflicting physical contact and potential harm onto another, and assault is the threat of doing so.
According to United States law, battery is defined as the use of force against another to the extent that physical harm is caused. Generally, this is considered to be a common law misdemeanor offense, but it is possible for defendants accused of battery to incur felony charges as well.
Across the board, state laws require that battery charges include at least one instance of offensive touching or contact. Under this condition, it must also be proven that the actor knowingly or intentionally behaved in this manner or that the actor intentionally behaved in a manner knowing that it would lead to offensive touching.
When a physical act is purposefully done to inflict harm on another, battery charges will likely ensue.
What to Do After an Arrest
As is the case for all criminal offenses, it is best to act immediately if you have been accused of battery in the state of Pennsylvania. By contacting our firm, your chances of obtaining a successful outcome to your case stand to greatly increase.
In fact, any decision to do otherwise could quickly cause your case to take a turn for the worse. Misdemeanor charges should not be confused for ones that do not require the legal assistance of a criminal defense professional.
These are offenses that can also pose problematic issues for the defendants accused of them. As such, it is important that they be treated with the same level of legal acumen and aggressive strategies as any other criminal offense in the state.
At Mack & Stephens you will be paired with a skillful criminal attorney that has experience in many areas of criminal defense law, battery included. In total, our firm has more than 40 years of experience that can be put to work in the defense of your case.
We do not differentiate between the complexity of cases, meaning that we will employ the same level of aggression to charges of battery as we would to charges of murder, never ceasing until everything possible has been done to aid in the defense of your case. We are available to take your call 24/7, including holidays and weekends, so do not hesitate to pick up the phone and call our office today.