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Facing accusations of a repeat offense of battery

Being accused of a repeat offense of a violent crime can raise some special issues as compared to facing accusations of a first offense. One crime for which this is the case here in Florida is battery. The stakes can be raised significantly for those accused of battery when they have a previous battery conviction on their record. This can be a very important thing to take into account when responding to charges of a repeat offense of this crime. Skilled defense attorneys can provide individuals accused of a repeat offense of battery with defense guidance which takes into account the special stakes and issues connected to facing such accusations.

Why is facing a repeat charge of battery such a serious matter? One reason comes from differences in how Florida law treats repeat battery offenses as compared to first offenses.

Under state law, a first-offense of standard battery is a misdemeanor offense. It is classified as a first-degree misdemeanor.

When a person has a previous battery conviction on their record, however, a standard battery offense rises to being a felony under Florida law. It falls into the third-degree felony class.

So, accusations of a repeat offense of battery fall into the felony charge level in Florida. While convictions on misdemeanor crimes can carry significant penalties, the severity of the consequences a person could be facing can be raised significantly when the crime they are convicted of is a felony. So, felony charges can carry a whole different level of stakes for a person.

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