If you have been charged with aggravated battery great bodily harm then you may have a defense. “Stand your Ground,” self-defense and lack of intent are all defenses that can be presented when fighting an aggravated battery great bodily harm case. Even if you don’t think you have a defense, you should always speak to an attorney to make sure you have a full understanding of how the law applies specifically to your case. If you want to know more about how to beat your aggravated battery case in Florida, contact Matthew Williams now for a free consultation.
In Florida, aggravated battery great bodily harm is defined under Florida Statute 784.045(1)(a)1. A person commits an aggravated battery great bodily harm in Florida when they:
- Intentionally touch or strike another person against their will; and
- Intentionally cause great bodily harm to another person
In Florida, aggravated battery great bodily harm is a second-degree felony, meaning it is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, or up to 15 years of probation and a $1000 fine (you can also get a jail or prison sentence followed by probation, but the total length of the punishment cannot exceed 15 years). In addition to facing jail time, if you are adjudicated guilty of aggravated battery, then you will never be able to remove the conviction from your permanent record.
Anybody who is convicted of committing an aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer will have their crime reclassified from a second-degree felony to a first-degree felony. The Court is required to impose at least a 5-year minimum mandatory sentence in any case where the Defendant is convicted of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer.
Felony convictions carry severe consequences and can never be removed from your criminal record. If you are convicted of a felony you will lose your right to vote, your right to own firearms, and your ability to maintain certain business licenses. You can also lose your ability to receive financial aid, your ability to live in certain places, and your ability to obtain a passport.
If you need an attorney who will advise you, fight for your rights, and do everything possible to protect your future, or if someone you know has been charged with aggravated battery great bodily harm in Florida, then contact Matthew Williams now for a free consultation.