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STAND YOUR GROUND
Florida has a very defense friendly Stand Your Ground statute that operates as a motion to dismiss in which the State has the burden to prove by Clear and Convincing evidence that the defendant was not standing his / her ground. A Stand Your Ground motion is argued to a Judge and if the State does not meet its burden, the defendant is immune from prosecution. Self-defense can also be argued at trial to a jury.
2nd degree Misdemeanor Assault punishable by a max of 60 days in the County Jail-
Happens when a person intentionally and unlawfully threatens by word or act to do violence to another, coupled with the present ability to do so.
3rd degree Felony Aggravated Assault punishable by a maximum of 5 years in State Prison –
Happens when an assault is committed with a deadly weapon.
Misdemeanor Battery punishable by 364 days in County Jail –
Happens when there is an unwanted intentional touching. Anything from a poke to a kick is a battery. A battery can be committed by touching something that is touching someone else like a coat, a cane, a purse, or anything that someone is holding. Self-Defense is a defense to battery whether the primary aggressor is a male or female. Consent is also a defense to battery, and mutual combat is also defense to battery although it is.
3rd degree Felony Battery 2nd offense or more punishable by up to 5 years in State Prison –
Can become a felony if the defendant has been convicted of a prior misdemeanor battery.
2nd degree Felony Aggravated Battery punishable by up to 15 years in State Prison-
Happens when you use a deadly weapon to commit the battery. Aggravated Battery can occur if the person knew or should have known that the victim was pregnant at the time of the battery. When a firearm is the weapon the aggravated battery now triggers the 10/20/Life Statute. If possession of a firearm minimum 10 years, discharge of firearm is a minimum of 20 years, and if someone is injured or killed the minimum the minimum is 25 and the maximum is Life.
A Couple fun facts:
When any battery is committed during a burglary of a conveyance, structure, or dwelling, the crime can then become a Life Felony.
A Homicide is when a battery causes the death of another