UNDERSTANDING BATTERY ON LAW ENFORCEMENT
The crime of battery on a law enforcement officer or other emergency personnel is addressed in Section 784.07 (2) (b), Florida Statutes. In order to prove battery in such circumstances, the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt:
The Defendant intentionally touched or struck the victim against his or her will and caused bodily harm to the victim.
The victim was a law enforcement officer or emergency personnel.
The Defendant knew the victim was law enforcement or emergency personnel.
The victim was engaged in the lawful performance of his or her duties when the battery was committed.
Aggravated battery against a law enforcement officer or emergency personnel can occur where it is proven that the Defendant in committing the battery intentionally or knowingly caused great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement, or else committed the battery using a deadly weapon.
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