Terre Haute Domestic Battery and Battery Defense Lawyer
Have you been charged with domestic violence or assault and battery in Indiana? A battery conviction can have serious penalties. If you are convicted, you could be sentenced from zero days in jail up to 2 ½ years in jail. Our Firm has the experience that you need to successfully defend your case. These cases are difficult and require an exhaustive and thorough investigation. Prior to the filing of the charges by the prosecutor, it is common that no one has asked to hear your side of the story. We will make sure that your voice is heard and considered prior to coming to a resolution on your case. We are aware of the serious nature of your charges. Being accused of battery or domestic violence can be life-changing.
Terre Haute criminal defense attorney Rowdy G. Williams has over 23 years of experience representing clients who have been accused of serious crimes. We represent people from all walks of life, including different age groups, employment groups and backgrounds, and we realize that we all deserve a second chance. We are well-versed in the numerous state and federal laws governing battery and domestic battery charges in Indiana. Call the Rowdy G. Williams Law Firm for immediate help if you have been charged with battery or domestic battery in Terre Haute.
What Are the Penalties for a Battery in Indiana?
The sentence for a battery depends on a variety of factors. The charge can be a Class B misdemeanor up to a Level 2 felony. The range of penalties for battery charges are as follows:
- Class B Misdemeanor- zero days up to 180 days
- Class A Misdemeanor- zero days up to 1 year
- Level 6 Felony- six months up to 2 ½ years
- Level 5 Felony- one year up to six years
- Level 4 Felony- two years up to 12 years
- Level 3 Felony- three years up to 16 years
- Level 2 Felony- ten years up to 30 years
Elements of Battery and Domestic Battery in Indiana
The elements of battery as defined in Indiana law (IC 35-42-2-1) are as follows:
Knowingly or intentionally
- touching another person in a rude, insolent, or angry manner; or
- placing any bodily fluid or waste on another person in a rude, insolent, or angry manner
Similarly, the elements of domestic battery as defined in Indiana law (IC 35-42-2-1.3) are as follows:
Knowingly or intentionally
- touching a family or household member in a rude, insolent, or angry manner; or
- placing any bodily fluid or waste on a family or household member in a rude, insolent, or angry manner
Battery is a Class B misdemeanor, while domestic battery is a Class A misdemeanor. However, either offense can be charged as a Class A misdemeanor all the way to a Level 2 felony, depending on the presence of additional, aggravating circumstances.
You Need and Deserve a Workable Defense Tailored to Your Specific Circumstances
No two criminal cases are the exactly the same. When representing our clients, we meticulously investigate the case to ensure that law enforcement followed all the required procedures. We will provide the aggressive legal representation that your case deserves. We love going to trial, and we hate to lose. If your case is not handled correctly, it could have life-changing ramifications. It is important to present a strong defense. We have an astute understanding of the criminal system in Indiana and want to help you in your moment of need. You have important rights. We will fight for you.
Call Criminal Defense Attorney Rowdy G. Williams for Help With Battery or Domestic Battery Charges in Terre Haute
If you have been arrested and charged with battery, domestic or aggravated battery in Terre Haute, call the Rowdy G. Williams Law Firm at 812-232-7400 for a free consultation.