Florida Law on Battery Touch or Strike | Florida Battery Charge
Shown below is the Florida statute governing charges of battery. Under Florida law,
battery may be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the presence of aggravating
factors. For additional information about battery crimes in Florida, see our Jacksonville
Florida Battery Attorney web page, or contact us for a free consultation.
The 2011 Florida Statutes
ASSAULT; BATTERY; CULPABLE NEGLIGENCE
784.03 Battery; felony battery.—
(1)(a) The offense of battery occurs when a person:
1. Actually and intentionally touches or strikes another person against the will
of the other; or
2. Intentionally causes bodily harm to another person.
(b) Except as provided in subsection (2), a person who commits battery commits a
misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
(2) A person who has one prior conviction for battery, aggravated battery, or felony
battery and who commits any second or subsequent battery commits a felony of the
third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084. For
purposes of this subsection, “conviction” means a determination of guilt that is
the result of a plea or a trial, regardless of whether adjudication is withheld or
a plea of nolo contendere is entered.
History.—s. 5, Feb. 10, 1832; RS 2401; s. 1, ch. 5135, 1903; GS 3227; RGS 5060; CGL
7162; s. 2, ch. 70-88; s. 730, ch. 71-136; s. 19, ch. 74-383; s. 9, ch. 75-298; s.
172, ch. 91-224; s. 5, ch. 96-392; s. 4, ch. 2001-50.