Assault & Battery Defense in Indiana
Fort Wayne Battery lawyer Matt Chapel can assist you with your battery case. All criminal matters are serious but if you have been charged with a felony battery, then its even more serious. Being charged with a felony battery crime can result in serious consequences, including a prison sentence, a fine, and a criminal record. Or, most likely with the assistance of a criminal defense attorney, you may be able to get the charges reduced or dismissed, or obtain a not guilty verdict or a lighter sentence than the maximum allowed by law.
In Indiana, a person commits the crime of felony battery by touching someone in a rude or disrespectful way and inflicting serious injury or using a deadly weapon. Domestic battery is also a felony when the defendant has prior convictions for similar conduct or commits the offense in front of a child.
Punishment in Indiana for Battery Offenses
Level 1 Felony. Batteries by an adult (someone 18 years or older) against a person under 14 years old that cause death are punished by 20 to 50 years’ imprisonment and fine of up to $10,000.
(Ind. Code Ann. §§ 35-42-2-1.5, 35-50-2-4.)
Level 3 Felony. The following batteries are punishable by between three and 16 years in prison and fine of up to $10,000:
battery by an adult (someone 18 years or older) against a person under 14 years old that cause serious bodily injury, and
battery against an endangered adult that results in death.
(Ind. Code Ann. §§ 35-42-2-1.5, 35-50-2-5.)
Level 5 Felony. The following batteries are punishable by one to six years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000:
battery that causes serious bodily injury
battery committed with a deadly weapon
battery against an endangered adult that results in serious bodily injury
battery against a pregnant woman that causes bodily injury, and
the defendant has a previous conviction for battery against the same victim.