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Legal Statutes: Florida

UPDATED November 5, 2014

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Chapter 784. Assault, Battery, Culpable Negligence

back to top784.03. 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.
Act Feb. 10, 1832, § 5; Rev.St.1892, § 2401; Laws 1903, c. 5135, § 1; Gen.St.1906, § 3227; Rev.Gen.St.1920, § 5060; Comp.Gen.Laws 1927, § 7162; Laws 1970, c. 70-88, § 2; Laws 1971, c. 71-136, § 730; Laws 1974, c. 74-383, § 19; Laws 1975, c. 75-298, § 9; Laws 1991, c. 91-224, § 172. Amended by Laws 1996, c. 96-392, § 5, eff. Oct. 1, 1996; Laws 2001, c. 2001-50, § 4, eff. July 1, 2001.