The line between various crimes can be blurry. The distinctions are often small, but they can have major implications on someone’s life if they are accused of a crime.
Battery is the charge that stems from intentionally using violence or force on another person. It can also be defined intentionally administering a hazardous or dangerous substance to someone. In essence, it is purposely causing physical harm to a victim.
In Louisiana, there are several crimes that fall under the umbrella of battery. The crime can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the severity of the harm and the method used to inflict it. In different scenarios, it may be charged as Simple battery, Aggravated battery, or Second-degree battery.
The charges may also differ depending on the identity of the victim. There are separate charges for battery of each of the following:
- A police officer
- A school teacher
- A school or recreation contest official
- A correctional facility employee
- A school bus operator
- A child welfare or adult protective services worker
- A person with disabilities
- A spouse or significant other
The distinction between the various battery charges can be difficult to navigate without the help of a legal professional. If you or someone you know is facing battery charges, call my office today at (337) 234-3330.
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