Aggravated Battery Defense Attorneys
Aggravated Battery is an enhancement or more serious version of the misdemeanor battery charge.
Section 784 of the Florida Statutes outlines the circumstances that lead to a charge of aggravated battery. There are three scenarios, and all lead tosecond-degree felony charges under section 784.045:
- Intentionally causing great bodily harm or disfigurement
- Using a deadly weapon during the battery
- Battery was committed on a woman who was known to be pregnant
Aggravated battery can become a first-degree felony if the victim is a member of certain groups. The following are first-degree felonies under section 784.07 and 784.08:
- Aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer (LEO)
- Aggravated battery on someone age 65 or older
- Aggravated battery on certain public officials or employees
- Aggravated battery by someone who is detained against a visitor or another detainee (commonly occurs in jail settings)
- Aggravated battery against a staff member at a facility for sexually violent predators
It Is Critical That You Retain a Skilled Attorney
A conviction for a first-degree felony can lead to a sentence of up to 30 years in prison. A second-degree felony conviction carries a sentence of up to 15 years. Facing such drastic penalties, it is crucial that anyone accused of aggravated battery in Central Florida get in touch with Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law. Our Orlando law firm has extensive experience handling these cases. When examining a defense to aggravated battery, our attorneys look to see if there truly was great bodily harm or if the a deadly weapon was used. Additionally, we examine self-defense arguments. Our lawyers are highly skilled and have defended people in courtrooms across the state.