In Battery Cases Contact Must be Insulting to an Ordinary Person

Since it is a jailable offense, a person charged with misdemeanor battery has the right to a trial by a judge or a jury. Anyone so-charged is presumed innocent. The burden of proof is on the prosecution and that burden is beyond a reasonable doubt. The burden of proof never shifts to the defendant, who is presumed innocent unless found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The defendant does not have to prove his or her innocence. Nor can the defendant be forced to testify or to present any evidence at trial.