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Violent Crime of all types is very serious in Florida.  Whether the charge is a felony or misdemeanor Florida prosecutors take a tough stance on all violent crime.  Many Assualt and Battery cases amount to one person’s word versus another’s.  Police have a difficult job in trying to decipher conflicting stories in these cases.  Unfortunately, the decision on who to charge in one of these case often comes down to who called the police first.  Many factors can aggravate a battery charge from a misdemeanor to a felony.  If the Defendant used a weapon or caused great bodily harm to the victim the case will likely be prosecuted as a felony.  Batteries on pregnant females and people over 65 are also felonies.  If you have been charged with an assault, battery or any other violent crime, call the Lambert Law Firm right away for a free consultation.