The “heat of passion” defense is often used in battery cases. Heat of passion refers to an act committed in sudden heartbreak or anger when there is no time to develop intent. Self defense can also be an affirmative defense in certain situations where the defendant had reason to believe he or she was in imminent danger.
How well a defendant fares after an arrest for battery often depends on how well he or she is defended. Those arrested for battery are encouraged to seek legal counsel as soon as possible.