The State of Florida defines Battery as the unlawful touching of another without that person’s consent. Assault is putting a person in reasonable fear that a battery will occur. While there are many reasons a person may be placed in a situation where they feel threatened, under Florida law a person has the right to stand their ground and defend themselves. While it is often the court that must determine whether, in a given set of circumstances, a person was within their rights to take action to defend themselves or another, we will protect the rights of our clients facing charges of battery or assault. Call our office in Sarasota today for a free consultation 941-365-7171.