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Aggravated Battery/Aggravated Assault

Although they often appear together, assault and battery are two disparate and distinct criminal charges. The standard, accepted definition of an assault is when a person threatens to commit a violent act, while a battery involves actual violence. As you might expect, battery is the more serious crime under Florida law. There are several different types of each crime. The least serious is when the crime is merely attempted, and the most serious is when the crime is of the aggravated variety.

The word aggravated comes directly from Latin and it means “to make worse.” In other words, a charge of aggravated assault or battery is more serious because more harm is done to the victim, either physically or mentally. For example, a simple assault may involve vocal threats, but an aggravated assault may involve the brandishing of a deadly weapon. There is no physical violence involved in either case, but the threat is more serious because a weapon is present. Aggravated assault is a felony in the Sunshine State and may result in a prison sentence of up to 5 years! But it is not nearly as serious as a charge of aggravated battery.

The crime of aggravated battery can be committed in three difference ways: a weapon is used during the battery; the victim sustains great bodily harm, permanent disfigurement, or disability during the battery; the victim is a person who is known to be pregnant. If convicted of this crime, a defendant can be sentence to any combination of the following: up to $10,000 in fines, up to 15 years of probation, up to 15 years in state prison.

How Evan H. Baron & Associates can help

If you have been charged with either aggravated assault or battery in the state of Florida, you will need legal representation. Both crimes are serious, but there are reasonable, even understandable defenses. Mr. Baron and his team will carefully examine the facts of your case before they settle on a solid defense strategy. This defense may include self defense or consent. If, for example, you were involved in a fight that you did not start and the other party was injured, it may be possible to argue self defense and have the case dismissed.

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