Sometimes, the only substantial difference between simple battery and some of the other types of felony level battery charges is the class of the alleged victim (i.e. pregnant, over 65 years old, or law enforcement, etc.).
In these cases, many people do not even realize that a felony may come, even though the basic elements are the same as a misdemeanor level battery.
In my experience, I have seen several people charged with felony battery in Okaloosa County and Walton County where there is no evidence of a substantial physical injury, or any allegation that a deadly weapon was used.
If you or a family member has been charged with simple or felony battery, pick up the phone and call me at (850) 362-6655 for a free consultation.