Circumstances leading to assault and battery charges are nearly infinite. Common situations include:

  • Bar fights, often fueled by alcohol
  • Road rage
  • Domestic violence


When a weapon is involved, assault charges will become aggravated assault charges. Any conviction on assault or battery will leave you with a criminal record. It doesn’t matter if you believe that a minor incident was exaggerated. If a criminal court considers you guilty, a misdemeanor or felony conviction to your name is almost sure to complicate your life in ways that you cannot now predict.

It is, therefore, essential that you find a defense lawyer you can trust to zealously pursue the most favorable outcome attainable in your case such as:

  • Charges dismissed
  • Reduced charges
  • No jail time
  • Probation
  • Deferred sentencing
  • Lessened penalties


Even if you were, in fact, involved in an altercation, you may be able to avoid a criminal record by agreeing to take part in anger management therapy. Self-defense may be a valid defense. The facts of your case will help your attorney devise and recommend a defense strategy most likely to succeed. Contact a respected criminal defense attorney at Avera & Smith, to get your defense strategy discussions in motion.


If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges in Florida, arrange to speak with a criminal defense attorney at Avera & Smith, without delay. We represent college students, individuals caught up in a domestic violence scenario, neighbors engaged in altercations and all types of people accused of harming others. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact us by email or call our Gainesville assault and battery attorneys at 352-372-9999 or toll free at 800-654-4659. We take credit cards.

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