Aggravated Battery Attorney in Tampa & Aggravated Battery Lawyer in Brandon, Florida
Florida Statute 784.045 states that "A person commits aggravated battery who, in committing battery: (1) Intentionally or knowingly causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement; (2) Uses a deadly weapon; or (3) if the person who was the victim of the battery was pregnant at the time of the offense and the offender knew or should have known that the victim was pregnant."
Great bodily harm usually requires a severe injury to the victim. However, any injury that causes a scar (anything requiring stitches) might qualify as permanent disfigurement. While obvious deadly weapons include guns and knives, some other items might be considered deadly weapons, such as baseball bats or a large wrench. It all depends on the circumstances of the case. With regard to a pregnant victim, the circumstances surrounding the case will be closely analyzed to determine whether you "should have known" that the victim was pregnant.
Aggravated battery is a serious charge, based on the level of violence associated with it. Aggravated battery is a second-degree felony, punishable by up to fifteen years in Florida state prison.
There are many ways to defend a charge of aggravated battery. These include showing that great bodily harm did not occur, a "deadly" weapon was not used, there was no knowledge that the victim was pregnant. In some cases, self-defense, or Florida's "stand your ground" law may be used as defenses.
A Tampa Bay aggravated battery criminal defense attorney can discuss your options based on the facts of your case.
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