Under Florida law, aggravated battery is defined as the deliberate touching of someone else against their consent with the intention to harm them.
Under Florida law, aggravated battery is defined as the deliberate touching of someone else against their consent with the intention to harm them. The defendant can also be charged with aggravated battery if they used a deadly weapon or battered a pregnant person. To help you understand this offense, below is more information about aggravated battery and the possible penalties.
The offense of aggravated battery is described under Florida Statute 784.045(1)(a), and it occurs when the defendant:
Florida aggravated battery laws state that an offense inflicting great bodily harm to a person implies that the harm caused must be more severe than just minor or slight injury. On the other hand, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon means a simple battery offense using a deadly weapon.
Simply put, a battery crime with a deadly weapon implies that the defendant knowingly or intentionally struck or touched a person with a deadly weapon. However, the deadly weapon does not necessarily have to be a gun but any object that can inflict severe bodily harm or, in the worst case, death. These deadly weapons can be any object, including firearms, knives, broken glass, baseball bats, and more.
The aggravated battery laws in Florida are complex. Thus, you may need the experience and knowledge of a skilled aggravated battery attorney to determine the circumstances surrounding your case.
In Florida, aggravated battery is considered a second-degree felony, and the penalties for the offense can be severe. The maximum punishments for this crime include:
The punishment for an aggravated battery crime increases substantially if the defendant is charged with the possession of a firearm. Under Florida’s 10-20 Life Statute and based on how the gun was used, the penalties can be elevated to include:
An aggravated battery case involving a law enforcement officer is elevated to a first-degree felony and is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Are you involved in an aggravated battery case? At Salnick Law, P.A., we have a team of attorneys to represent you in court to ensure you get a fair hearing and your rights are fully protected. Give us a call at 561-286-8570 or fill out our online contact form to schedule an appointment.
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