In Indiana, battery is a serious criminal offense that involves intentionally touching someone in an angry or disrespectful manner. You can be convicted of battery even if the victim wasn’t injured. However, the penalties become more severe if injury occurred.
Other types of battery charges include:
- Domestic battery involving a spouse, romantic partner, ex, child or other family member
- Felony battery that causes serious injuries or involves the use of a deadly weapon
- Aggravated battery, which involves permanent impairment or risk of death
- Sexual battery, which involves any nonconsensual sexual contact
Because these charges are typically considered violent crimes, they can readily tarnish your reputation and derail your employment opportunities. You may be facing even harsher penalties if you have a prior record.
Don’t Risk Your Rights
Whether you are facing felony or misdemeanor battery charges, you should never attempt to handle the case on your own. You may have a strong defense against the charges — for example, self defense, defense of others or lack of intent. But without the right legal analysis and procedural steps, you could miss out on these defenses and other important opportunities to fight the charges.