What is Battery in Kansas City, Missouri?

Battery is considered the physical unlawful abuse or unwelcome or aggressive physical contact of another individual, resulting in harmful, offensive or sexual contact to a victim.  Aggravated battery charges can be on a felony basis, however; with a proper defense these charges can be thrown out or else changed to a lesser offense.

Preserve your rights with a Kansas City Battery Charges Attorney

If you are subject to an arrest for battery charges, immediately request your attorney be present for questioning. Don't talk to the police, be courteous and considerate but refuse to answer any questions. This can go a long way in the police report showing you are calm but not providing information that can be used against you. Never state aloud or sign any kind of confession, as this information can and will be used by the prosecution against you. In most cases, the police miss or ignore evidence as well as facts that can be used to your advantage. Many times, they gather only the information they need to file charges against you and forget pertinent evidence that can have your case dismissed or charges reduced. Remember, the police and prosecution are not on your side.
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Standard battery is knowingly or recklessly causing bodily harm to another person; or knowingly causing physical contact with another person when done in a rude, insulting or angry manner.

There is a tort element to battery, where you are being sued by the plaintiff for an act of battery in Missouri, the intent to harm or intent to make offensive contact towards the plaintiff; and lastly the being sued (tort) for the actual harmful or offensive act to the plaintiff.

The crime portion of battery is defending you against the state bringing charges against you that can result in fines as well as imprisonment, along with other possible court mandated penalties such as counseling, community service, etc.

At The O'Connor Law Firm, our Kansas City battery defense lawyer will give each and every client personal attention and exceptional guidance throughout your defense. Choosing an experienced Kansas City battery defense attorney is extremely important.  Our Kansas City criminal defense lawyer Matthew O'Connor has over 23 years of court room experience fighting as a criminal defense attorney against serious charges, including a large number of felony and federal cases. 

Basic battery charges are a class B misdemeanor, and major battery charges are felonies and the class of felony depends on the severity level of your charges.  

What are the elements of battery in Kansas City, Missouri?


The Act:  The act of battery has to include 1 of 2 different types of contact.   1. The physical harm of an individual with or without injuries to a victim (apparent victim since you are innocent until proven guilty).  These types of injuries could include stab or cut wounds, bruises from physical abuse, and shooting a victim (aggravated) can be considered battery. Other charges may be included depending in your situations circumstances. 

No injury needs to be evident or to have even occurred to be charged with battery.  Some cases where you may be charged with battery without physical injury would be a situation where someone is spit upon or if an individual physically grabs another individual (inappropriately or aggressively) without their will. These both could be considered battery due to the physical violation of the victim.

What are Aggravated Battery in Kansas City Penalties & Charges:


Aggravated battery occurs when the defendant was intending to create serious harm or physical injury, or even intending to murder the victim.  Aggravated battery is a felony offense in Kansas City.  According to Kansas City policy K.S.A. 21-5413 aggravated battery is:  Knowingly causing great bodily harm to the victim or disfigurement to the victim. Additionally knowingly causing bodily harm to the victim using a deadly weapon or in any manner whereby great bodily harm, disfigurement or death can be inflicted.

If you have been accused of battery or aggravated battery in Kansas City, Missouri; contact the O’Connor Law Firm immediately for a consultation.  Mr. O’Connor will give you a clear understanding of what you are up against based on your unique circumstances.  You may have unknowingly seen Mr. O’Connor as a legal analyst on the National Fox News program or on the Dr. Phil channel representing a popular case.  He also successfully defended (on appeal) the largest jewelry heist in Kansas City’s history, reducing an already convicted individual from a life in prison sentence, to a 5 year prison term.  These are just a few examples of why Matthew O’Connor is an excellent choice to protect you in the court of law.  Also check out our Google Reviews to see why so many other clients are happy to choose The O’Connor Law Firm, PC to represent them in their court case.  Contact Mr. O'Connor's office at 816-842-1111
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Kansas City Battery Charges Criminal Defense Attorney, Matt O'Connor

Matt O’Connor was previously a professor of the law of evidence, and he knows what it takes to successfully defend anyone who has been charged with battery in Kansas City, Missouri. When you hire his team, you will get unparalleled personal attention and care that you won’t receive from any other law firm.  Matt O'Connor has over 20 years experience in the court room, and has often times been called upon as a legal contributor for programs like the national Fox News channel and many other local Kansas City stations.