Definition of Battery
Battery is a criminal charge resulting from unlawful physical contact against another person. Common types of battery include punching a person, striking them with an object or grabbing someone?s arm. Simple battery results in minor injuries while aggravated battery is more severe. Common types of aggravated battery include hitting someone with a dangerous object, shooting someone or battery against a protected class such as a police officer, healthcare provider, social services worker or elderly person.
To prove aggravated battery the prosecution must prove the defendant intentionally applied physical force upon the victim, the attack was committed with a deadly weapon or the person suffered serious physical injury or temporary disfigurement. Penalties for battery are determined by jurisdiction and can be considered misdemeanor or felony charges. If you have been arrested and charged with battery you need to talk to a criminal lawyer.