What does it mean to be charged with domestic battery?
Domestic battery charges start with a basic assault or battery allegation. The charge is also called domestic violence, domestic abuse, or assault family violence. Even though very similar to a regular criminal battery allegation, domestic battery charges can result in more severe consequences.
In such jurisdictions, assault (also called attempted battery) is a threat or physical act that creates a reasonable apprehension of imminent harmful or offensive contact, whereas battery is a physical act that results in that harmful or offensive contact.
- In Florida, Felony Battery is any intentional and unconsented touching or striking, which results in great bodily harm to another person or which occurs after a previous conviction for battery. The offense is a third degree felony, with maximum penalties of up to 5 years in prison.
- While assault and battery are often treated as a single act, the two can be mutually exclusive. Likewise, a person can commit a battery without assaulting that person. For example, if Bob stabs you from behind without you witnessing the attack, then Bob is committing a battery without an assault.
- Common Assault – s39 Criminal Justice Act 1988. An offence of Common Assault is committed when a person either assaults another person or commits a battery. An assault is committed when a person intentionally or recklessly causes another to apprehend the immediate infliction of unlawful force.
Battery is a criminal offense involving the unlawful physical acting upon a threat, distinct from assault which is the act of creating apprehension of such contact. In most cases, battery is now governed by statutes, and its severity is determined by the law of the specific jurisdiction.
- The electrolyte is a chemical medium that allows the flow of electrical charge between the cathode and anode. When a device is connected to a battery — a light bulb or an electric circuit — chemical reactions occur on the electrodes that create a flow of electrical energy to the device.
- The elements of civil battery are:
- Intent (not criminal intent to cause injury, necessarily, but intent to commit the act)
- Contact (non-consensual contact with the individual or his/her effects, such as clothing)
- Domestic violence (also named domestic abuse or family violence) is violence or other abuse by one person against another in a domestic setting, such as in marriage or cohabitation.
Updated: 18th November 2019