Aggravated Battery Charges in Miami
About Aggravated Battery
Aggravated battery is the commission of battery against another with an aggravating (or worsening) factor. A person can commit this offense in the following three ways:
- Willfully and intentionally causing extensive bodily harm, permanent disfigurement, or permanent disability while using force/violence against someone;
- Committing battery with the use of a deadly weapon;
- Using force/violence against someone who is pregnant.
In our state, aggravated battery is considered a second-degree felony, and is assigned a Level 7 offense severity ranking, in accordance with the Criminal Punishment Code. A conviction brings a minimum prison sentence of 21 months, and can also carry the following penalties in any combination:
- Prison sentence of up to 15 years
- Fines of up to $10,000
- Probation for up to 15 years
It is important that you contact a Miami assault & battery attorney immediately if you have been charged with aggravated battery, as you will need strong and experienced defense against your accusations in a court of law.
Miami Assault & Battery Lawyer
Hager & Schwartz, P.A. is an experienced criminal defense law firm that has tried a large number of cases, including those in which the defendant is facing aggravated battery charges. We are well versed in the possible defenses used in such cases, such as:
- Self-defense - This is a strong defense against battery, provided that the defendant used non-deadly force in defending themselves against another's unlawful attack.
- Consent - A primary component of battery is that the physical contact be un-consensual. If the contact is consensual (such as in a sporting event), then a person may be able to avoid conviction.
Our firm is immediately available to provide you with help in your aggravated battery case, and we may be able to secure an outcome in which your charges are reduced or dismissed completely.
If you are facing charges of aggravated battery, contact a Miami assault & battery attorney who can employ a strong legal defense in your case.