How will an assault or battery conviction in Florida impact my life?
Answer: Well, they’re both charges considered violent in nature. So when anybody were to see it on a background check, you could be considered to have a violent criminal history, which is certainly something that will have a great impact on one’s life. The other thing is that after a certain number of times being convicted of the offense, it can be enhanced to a felony simply because of the fact that you have multiple assault or battery. Usually you see that in these battery charges. So for instance, it can be a very minor battery but you repeatedly do it over and over again over the span of however many years, a prosecutor could theoretically charge that as a felony just because this next time was just too many times. And now you have five, so now we’ll make it a felony instead.