Battery on LEO
Battery on a law enforcement officer or LEO is a serious offense in Florida. Even if an individual believes his or her actions were misunderstood or justified, assault or battery on a law enforcement officer can result in serious jail time and/or steep fines.
Although the offense is formally referred to as assault and battery on a law enforcement officer, the protection extends to several different professions, including the following:
- Law Enforcement Officer
- Emergency Medical Care Providers
- Public Transit Employees or Agents
If you have been accused of Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, it is very important to obtain the services of a lawyer. South Florida Criminal Attorney Evan A. Hoffman has experience not only as a criminal defender, but also as a former prosecutor. Mr. Hoffman understands that the Criminal Justice System aggressively seeks to punish anyone accused of a crime committed against Law Enforcement Officers and other Public Servants.
The Hoffman Firm strongly represents individuals charged with violent crimes, including assault, battery, kidnapping, manslaughter, and murder. Contact The Hoffman Firm at (305) 249-0090 or submit an online form to schedule a confidential consultation.
The Hoffman Firm defends individuals throughout Miami-Dade County, including Miami, Miami Beach, North Miami, and surrounding areas.Florida Battery on a LEO Information Center
- Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer Overview
- Who is Considered a Law Enforcement Officer?
- What are the Penalties for a Battery on a LEO Conviction?
Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer Overview
Under Florida Code 784.07 Battery on Law Enforcement Officer is defined as:
“Assault or battery of law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical care providers, public transit employees or agents, or other specified officers; reclassification of offenses; minimum sentences.”
In order to obtain a conviction for Battery on Law Enforcement Officer the state must prove that:
- That the accused had the specific intent to knowingly batter a law enforcement officer; and
- That the law enforcement officer was engaged in the lawful execution of a legal duty.
Who is Considered a Law Enforcement Officer
Under Florida Code 784.07 law enforcement officer is defined as the following:
- Law Enforcement Officers
- Correctional Officer
- Correctional Probation Officer
- Part-Time Law Enforcement Officer
- Part-Time Correctional Officer
- Auxiliary Officer
- Law Enforcement Personnel of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
- Law Enforcement Personnel of the Department of Law Enforcement
Possible Penalties for Battery on Law Enforcement Officer
Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer is considered a third-degree Felony and is assigned a level 4 offense severity ranking according to Florida’s Criminal Punishment Code.
If convicted of Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, a person may receive any combination of the following penalties:
- Up to Five (5) years in prison.
- Up to Five (5) years of probation.
- Up to $5,000 in fines.
If you are facing charges of Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer, resisting arrest, or any other crime, you need to take your situation seriously. Ignoring or taking your charges lightly is a major mistake, and can result in having the maximum penalties enforced against you.
If you have been accused or charged with battery on a LEO it is important to act quickly.Miami criminal defense attorney Evan Hoffman has over 20 years of trial experience and will build the strongest defense possible on your behalf. As a former prosecutor, he has the skills and experience to develop proven strategies in your battery on a LEO, kidnapping, aggravated assault, or other violent crime case.
Give The Hoffman Firm a call today at (305) 249-0090 or submit an online form for a confidential review of your case and to discuss your legal options. The Hoffman Firm zealously defends individuals throughout Miami-Dade County, including Miami, Coral Gables, Hialeah, North Miami, Aventura, and surrounding areas.