From Arguments to Arrests: Understanding Florida’s Stance on Battery

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Alright, let’s talk about what “battery” and “battery domestic violence” mean in Florida, but let’s keep it simple and casual.


  • What it is: Think of battery as the illegal act of hitting or touching someone else when they don’t want you to. It’s intentionally getting physical with another person without their okay.
  • When it happens: Battery can happen anywhere – it’s not just at home. It could be between strangers, friends, or people who don’t live together or have a family connection.

Battery Domestic Violence (BDV):

  • What it is: Now, this one’s more specific. Battery Domestic Violence happens when the hitting or unwanted touching is against someone in your family or household.
  • When it happens: We’re talking about situations where the person you’re in trouble with is a family member, someone you’re dating, living with, or used to live with, like an ex, or someone you share a child with.
  • The extra consequences: In Florida, if the battery happens in a domestic setting, it’s taken more seriously. You might face tougher penalties, like being arrested right away, ordered to stay away from the person, or having to go through a special program for offenders.

Remember, these cases are really serious, especially when it’s about protecting people at home who might be in danger of more harm.

Laws can change, and details can vary, so it’s always best to check the most up-to-date legal info or chat with a legal expert to get the latest.

Attorney Laura Sterling

Attorney Laura Sterling

Attorney Laura Sterling is a highly accomplished legal professional with a unique background in social work. Miss Sterling's academic credentials include a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Social Work, as well as licenses as a Clinical Social Worker and attorney in Florida.

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