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Fighting Double Battery Charges in Florida

by Aaron Delgado
10/15/18 (Updated: 07/25/19)

STATE OF FLORIDA vs. NATHAN TANGREN

Case Summary

Our client was accused of punching two men outside a bar, leaving one with a broken eye socket and tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. We presented self-defense and defense of others, arguing that while our client did not deny hitting the one man (he did deny hitting the second man), he did so because the man was threatening him and had just knocked a female to the ground.

In speaking with a juror after the trial, we learned our reasonable doubt visual aid was a huge help to the five jurors who immediately agreed the defendant was not guilty and echoed many of our closing arguments in explaining the affirmative defense to the sixth juror. As in most of our trials, our special jury instructions and use of visual aids throughout the trial led one juror to comment on how clear we made the events seem. Throughout the trial and again in closing, we emphasized that self-defense and defense of others allowed our client to defend himself or the injured woman with reasonable force, and the jury agreed, returning a verdict of Not Guilty on all counts.

Battery vs. Self-Defense or Defense of Others vs. Stand Your Ground

Battery: A person makes physical contact with another person with the intention of touching or striking them against their will and without their consent.

Self-Defense or Defense of Others: A person is justified in using or threatening to use non-lethal force when it is believed necessary in order to defend themself or another against an aggressor’s use of unlawful force. A person has a duty to retreat prior to using deadly force.

Stand Your Ground:  A person is justified in using or threatening to use deadly force when it is believed necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to themself or another, or to prevent the imminent commission of a forcible felony. There is no duty to retreat so long as you are in a place you have a right to be and are not engaged in unlawful activity.

Fighting Battery Charges in Florida

Whether you or a loved one were accused of battery during a bar fight or in the defense of yourself or another person who was in danger, the criminal defense lawyers at Delgado & Romanik are here for you. We are down-to-earth and highly experienced advocates on behalf of our clients' rights and freedoms. Call our office 24/7 at 386.222.6677 or start your case online to schedule a free consultation with an experienced assault and battery attorney.

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