While assault charges may be lodged against you for the simple threat of bodily harm, battery charges would be lodged if you intentionally used force on another person. A simple battery charge is typically prosecuted as a misdemeanor but could still result in up to six months in prison and fines of upwards of $1,000.
When battery rises to the level of a felony, it means a dangerous weapon has been used and the defendant is being charged with aggravated battery.
More severe charges, such as second degree battery, which may carry jail time of upwards of five years and fines up to $2,000 are often lodged when serious bodily injury is inflicted that causes pain, disfigurement or unconsciousness. Aggravated second-degree battery can result in prison terms of up to 15 years and fines as high as $10,000 if a second degree battery is accomplished by the use of a dangerous weapon.
There are numerous enhancements that may accompany battery chargers including the occupation of the victim. None of these charges should ever be taken lightly and if you or someone you love has been charged with battery, contact the Law Office of Nicholas J. Muscarello at (985) 345-1010 for a consultation.