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Many battery (including domestic battery) allegations involve two or more people who tell different versions to the police. In our firm, we call this a “he said, she said” case. Often, both parties may be at fault, but the better fighter is the one that gets charged with a crime. Sometimes a person was only defending themselves. In Indiana, self-defense is a recognized legal concept. Sometimes, accusers just flat out lie about what happened but can be very convincing to prosecutors and police.

The best way to combat a battery allegation is to hire Indiana criminal defense lawyers who have a reputation for going to trial. It doesn’t hurt if they also win those trials. Our firm has handled hundreds, if not thousands, of cases involving a client accused of battery and won jury trials even with witnesses who claim that they saw the battery take place. If the prosecutor doesn’t believe that your attorney will take the case to trial, then you probably won’t get the outcome you deserve, whether that is a dismissal or a great plea. When defending someone accused of battery, we will take depositions of the accuser and other witnesses, we will scour Facebook and other social media posts and even just knock on doors looking for witnesses to help the case. There are a multitude of ways to win a battery case and we would cater the defense to your specific set of facts. However, none of that matters if your lawyer is not willing to go to trial. We are and prosecutors know it.

What is Battery?

The term “battery” has a fairly simple definition. Battery is the intentional act of touching another individual in a rude, insolent, or angry manner without permission. While simple and to the point, being charged with the crime of battery is infinitely more complex. Why? It’s because Indiana law has a wide range of different battery charges that can range from a misdemeanor all the way up to a felony charge depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident itself. An individual may even find themselves facing a battery charge when no physical harm came to the victim.

Battery is one of the most common charges that people tend to face, and yet it can carry serious consequences for those convicted of the offense. The Criminal Defense Team believes that you deserve a strong defense crafted by a team of attorneys with experience handling these types of sensitive and often emotionally charged cases.

Types of Battery Charges

Battery comes in all shapes and sizes, which is why the law makes specific distinctions about each battery-related offense. Each offense has its own legal definition, distinct aggravating factors, and specific penalty designations. While the word “battery” may be used as a general term for any type of intentional rude or aggressive contact, understanding the specific type of battery an individual is charged with is extremely important since battery penalties can vary significantly. In general, these are some of the most common types of battery in Indiana:

Penalties for Battery

With such a wide range of charges and aggravating circumstances to consider, the penalties for a battery conviction vary drastically. No matter the level of the offense battery is a serious charge that can end up costing an individual more than just a fine. A battery conviction could result in probation, jail time, fines, or a serious and lengthy prison sentence. In addition to a combination of prison time and fines, some charges may also result in having to register as a sex offender. The penalty you may face depends on the type of battery charge and the aggravating circumstances surrounding the incident. In general, these are the penalties you may face from a judge:

Class B Misdemeanor

  • Up to 180 days in jail
  • Fines up to $1,000

Class A Misdemeanor

  • Up to 1 year in jail
  • Fines up to $5,000

Level 6 Felony

  • 6 months to 2 ½ years in prison
  • Fines up to $10,000

Level 5 Felony

  • 1 to 6 years in prison
  • Fines up to $10,000

Level 4 Felony

  • 2 to 12 years in prison
  • Fines up to $10,000

Level 3 Felony

  • 3 to 16 years in prison
  • Fines up to $10,000

Level 2 Felony

  • 10 to 30 years in prison
  • Fines up to $10,000

Level 1 Felony

  • 20 to 40 years in prison
  • Fines up to $10,000

The consequences of a battery conviction can haunt an individual for years. It becomes a permanent fixture on your criminal record, which is then available to the public and prospective employers. A conviction can damage your relationship with friends, family, and even co-workers, harming every major relationship you’ve ever cultivated. Battery also tends to do serious damage to an individual’s reputation, painting them as aggressive and a “loose cannon” even though people may have no knowledge about the circumstances of the incident. In essence, you become branded, and that label can follow you, becoming a permanent fixture of who you are and how people treat you.

For all these reasons, legal and personal, you need the experience and resources that The Criminal Defense Team can offer. We are dedicated to helping individuals like you fight back against any and all types of battery charges. Our team is uniquely qualified to represent you and protect your interests with quick and decisive action and a defense strategy tailored to your particular situation.

Why You Need Immediate Representation by The Criminal Defense Team

A battery charge can be serious, even life-altering. When it involves serious injury or even death, there is no question that an experienced defense attorney is required. However, even people charged with less severe offenses need and deserve an experienced and qualified defense team. Too often, people make the mistake of thinking that because someone wasn’t seriously hurt, the consequences can’t be that bad. That is a common and unfortunate misconception. Prosecutors are not taking the situation lightly and are aggressively pushing for significant consequences.

There are defense strategies that can be effective in fighting charges of battery. An experienced attorney can thoroughly review all aspects of a case to assess which tactics may be appropriate for the circumstances. In some circumstances, an individual may be able to claim self-defense or that the incident was an accident. Maybe they were misidentified, and it is a case of mistaken identity. Battery cases can be complex, and only a qualified defense attorney can weigh which legal defenses may be appropriate for any given situation. The important thing to remember is, no matter what, there is a defense option for you and you deserve to be able to explore those options with a seasoned attorney willing to fight for you.

Don’t fall into the trap of underestimating the severity of the charges against you or hoping that they will go away because the incident “wasn’t that bad.” If you have been charged with battery, you need immediate and skilled legal representation. Having a lawyer on your side isn’t admitting fault. It is admitting that you need help protecting yourself, your family, and your reputation.

Your life is on the line. Put your trust in a defense team that has a reputation for building strong and strategic defense strategies. At The Criminal Defense Team, we pride ourselves on being there for our clients and working with them to craft a compelling and effective legal defense based on the circumstances of their situation. You deserve quality legal representation, and The Criminal Defense Team is ready and willing to help.

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Our team of Board Certified* lawyers is uniquely qualified to protect your freedom and interests. We believe in taking swift, aggressive action to out-maneuver the prosecution and build a strong defense. We’ve done it for thousands of clients and we can do it for you.

We defend clients in Hamilton County, Marion County, Johnson County, Hancock County, Shelby County, Boone County, Hendricks County and counties throughout Indiana. We can help you as well.

 

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More than 15,000 lawyers practice in Indiana, but only 6 can claim the title of Board Certified* Criminal Law Specialist. Amazingly, 5 of those 6 certified specialists work closely together in the same law firm…our firm. Our team has been assembled by design, not happenstance.

Board Certification is an elite title reserved for those lawyers who have expertise and dedication in one area of law as well as extensive trial experience. We are proud of that title and what it represents. Our Board Certified* lawyers fight for our clients and work with all of our lawyers every day to help obtain the best possible outcome for our clients.

You wouldn’t want a general practice doctor who is not board certified to handle your heart condition, why would you want a general practice law firm with no Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialists to handle your criminal case?

*Andrew Baldwin, Mark Kamish, Kathie Perry, Maxwell Wiley, and Carrie Miles are certified Criminal Trial Specialists by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA), a nonprofit organization that certifies attorneys of various legal focuses. To earn an NTBA certification, an attorney must demonstrably show the highest levels of trial experience, competence and integrity.

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