Aggravated Battery with Serious Bodily Injury

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As important as it is to know the difference between assault and battery, it is equally important to be able to differentiate battery from aggravated battery. While they both deal with the unlawful touching of an individual, the difference between the two can equate to a decade in prison and thousands of dollars in fines. From a random bar fight to a domestic dispute, the situations that can result in aggravated battery charges are seemingly endless. Your primary concern, however, after having charges pressed against you is to source legal counsel who can help have them lessened.

The Orlando aggravated battery defense lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm have extensive legal experience and can explore all viable options to settle your legal matter on the most favorable terms. Aggravated battery charges should be taken seriously as they can easily result in the accused being sentenced to a lengthy prison stint and forced to hefty fines. Get in contact with us today so that we can start exploring the full extent of your legal defense options.

What is Aggravated Battery with Serious Bodily Injury?

Aggravated battery is defined in Florida Statute § 784.045 as the following:

“A person commits aggravated battery who, in committing battery, intentionally or knowingly causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement or uses a deadly weapon.”

One also commits aggravated battery if the victim of the battery was pregnant at the time of the offense and the offender knew or should’ve known that the victim was pregnant.

The prosecution must prove the following two elements at trial to get a conviction for aggravated battery:

  • You intentionally struck or touched the alleged victim against his or will or intentionally caused bodily harm to the alleged victim; and
  • You, in committing the battery, intentionally caused great bodily harm or used a deadly weapon.

If the prosecution can prove the two aforementioned elements beyond a reasonable doubt, you’ll be subjected to the associated penalties for aggravated battery in Florida.

Penalties for Aggravated Battery with Serious Bodily Injury

Florida classifies aggravated battery with serious bodily injury as a second-degree felony punishable by the following:

  • Up to 15 years in prison; or
  • Up to 15 years probation; and
  • Up to $10,000 in fines

These penalties can drastically increase if a firearm is present during the incident. Discharging a firearm during the incident mandates a minimum 20-year sentence, and if great bodily harm is caused as a result, it’s a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison. Even if you merely have a firearm on your person at the time of the incident, Florida law implements a mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison.

The state also considers your criminal history and details of the incident which may result in you facing multiple charges. Protect your best interests by securing the legal counsel of an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

Defending Against Battery Charges in Orlando

The Orlando aggravated battery defense lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm have over 100 years of combined experience and time spent as prosecutors on the state and local level. Our team is passionate about guiding every person who walks through our doors with the most comprehensive defense to the charges they’re up against. We do so by analyzing case details and presenting the most applicable defense to your case specifically.

Some of the most effective defenses to aggravated battery with serious bodily injury include:

Contact us at 407-228-3838 for a free case evaluation so that we can start crafting a defense to your charges today.