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Battery is defined as causing any physical harm or injury to the victim — such as a cut, a burn, or a bullet wound, but actual injury is not required.

Another type of contact that may constitute battery, causes no actual physical harm, but is instead, offensive or insulting to the victim. Examples include spitting in someone’s face or offensively touching someone against his or her will.

When a battery is committed with intent to do serious harm or murder, or when it is done with a dangerous weapon, it is described as aggravated.

Criminal battery is punishable by a fine, imprisonment, or both.

If it is considered aggravated the penalties are greater. If you or a love one is charged with a battery offense, protect your legal rights.

A person who is convicted of a crime in general faces societal stigmas and potentially irreparable damage to his or her reputation. It is almost always unwise to represent yourself. Retain the services of a seasoned and experienced criminal defense attorney. Contact the Law Offices of Tom R. Medrano for your no-cost consultation.