Backed by 15 Years' Experience as a Former State Prosecutor Specialized in Criminal Defense

Battery / Assault in Pinellas County

St. Petersburg Criminal Battery Lawyer

Battery is a serious criminal offense often arising from heated arguments, alcohol-fueled fights or from the act of defending oneself, another or property. If you have been charged with this crime, there is much that a knowledgeable attorney can do to get your charges dismissed or alleviate the penalties. People commonly confuse the terms "assault" and "battery." Assault refers to acts that threaten physical violence. Battery is actually striking a person — a punch, a shove, a thrown object. There are multiple varieties of battery, including simple battery, felony battery, aggravated battery and sexual battery.

Simple battery is a first-degree misdemeanor. It becomes felony battery on a second offense, if there is serious bodily harm (e.g., a broken nose) or if the battery involved strangulation (strangling someone).

Aggravated battery can be committed in several ways:

  • By intentionally causing great bodily harm
  • By using a deadly weapon
  • By committing battery on a pregnant person

Sexual battery is forcible touching or rape.

Court-imposed penalties for conviction of battery in Florida include jail (mandatory if there is bodily harm), fines, probation, required counseling and, in domestic violence cases, a permanent criminal record that cannot be sealed.

Former Prosecutor Defending Your Rights

As a long-time prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer, Tim Hessinger has handled every scenario — bar fights, neighbors who come to blows, fathers and sons, confrontations with strangers, and even a minister who pushed a parishioner.

We put considerable emphasis on pre-filing intervention — getting charges dropped or reduced (battery to disorderly conduct, or felony battery to misdemeanor battery). First offenders may qualify for a diversion program that includes 26 weeks of counseling. We may also pursue community control (house arrest) and other alternatives to incarceration.

Defense of all Florida Assault and Battery Allegations

We explore all grounds for challenging the charges:

  • Self-defense or mutual combat
  • The "castle" doctrine — It is not a crime to defend your home from an intruder.
  • The "stand your ground" doctrine — A 2005 Florida law provides that a person does not have to retreat when threatened, provoked or attacked in a public place.
  • Mistaken identity or false accusations
  • Constitutional issues — Warrants and searches, arrests and Miranda rights

Contact the St. Petersburg criminal defense attorney at The Law Office of Timothy Hessinger immediately at (888) 863-7415 or send us an e-mail for a free consultation. We defend persons in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Manatee Counties.

Proven Record of Results

Award-Winning Experience on Your Side
  • All charges dropped. 2 Counts Battery
  • Reduced to 3 Counts. Wh/Adj 3 years probation. 5 Counts Possession of Child Pornography
  • Reduced to 2 counts. Wh/Adj and probation. 9 Counts - Possession of Child Pornography.
  • Not Guilty after Jury Trial Aggravated Assault with a Firearm
  • All charges Dropped. Aggravated Assault With Motor Vehicle
  • Reduced to Felony Battery, dismissed, sealed. Aggravated Battery
  • Reduced to Misd. Battery. Adjudication Withheld. Aggravated Battery
  • Case Dropped Aggravated Battery (Deadly Weapon)
  • All charges dropped. Aggravated Child Abuse
  • Case Dropped Aggravated Child Abuse

Our Clients Share Their Experience

Your Story Matters & We're Here to Help You
  • “He met every single goal that we had set.”

    Former Client

  • “Tim is one of the best prosecutors & one of the best trial attorneys I have ever worked with.”

    Legal Professional

  • “Brilliant and fearless advocate”

    Legal Professional

  • “All charges being dropped”

    David

  • “Tim is well respected within the legal community.”

    Legal Professional

  • “Mr. Hessinger was extremely thorough, thoughtful and most of all gave me a sense of security knowing that I was in the most capable of hands.”

    Dave

  • “I have referred clients to him over the years with the confidence”

    Legal Professional

  • “Overall rating 5 STARs-Excellent!!!!”

    Anthony

  • “Tim Hessinger has an impeccable back ground in law with years of experience and it was demonstrated many times during the case in which he represented me.”

    Robert

  • “I could have not made a better investment on my future and that of my family.”

    Former Client

  • “He helped our entire family feel secure”

    Former Client

  • “Mr. Hessinger is an excellent Attorney.”

    Brittany R.

  • “Helped put a mistake I made behind me”

    Former Client

  • “One of the finest defense attorneys in the Tampa Bay”

    Legal Professional

  • “Dedicated and Responsive”

    Former Client

Benefits of Choosing Tim Hessinger for Your Case

Why Clients Are Choosing Us
  1. Confidential, complimentary initial consultations
  2. Accepting calls and cases 24 hours a day
  3. Exclusively devoted to criminal defense
  4. Impressive track record of charge reductions, acquittals, and dismissals
  5. 15 years of experience in the State Attorney's office
  6. Named Prosecutor of the Year in 2004
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