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Aggravated Battery: F.S. 784.045
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Aggravated Battery – This crime is a more serious form of simple battery. Like battery, the state must prove that you intentionally touched or struck somebody against their will or that you caused bodily harm to the victim. In addition to these elements, § 784.045 also requires proof that:
In committing the battery, the defendant intentionally and knowingly caused either great bodily harm, a permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement; OR uses a deadly weapon.
The punishments for this crime are serious, too say the least. Even if you have never been convicted of a crime in your life, a conviction for aggravated battery will land you a mandatory prison sentence of almost two years. Like aggravated assault, if you are accused of using a gun while committing an aggravated battery then 10-20-Life will probably come into play. Possessing a gun during an aggravated battery is going to get you at least ten (10) years; if the gun goes off, twenty (20) years; if someone gets shot they you are going to be serving a minimum of twenty-five (25) years in prison up to life.