Aggravated Battery

Under Florida Statute 784.045, an Aggravated Battery can be committed in three different ways:

  1. A person, in committing a battery, intentionally or knowingly causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement
  2. A person, in committing a battery, uses a deadly weapon
  3. A person commits a battery and the alleged victim was pregnant at the time of the offense and the offender knew or should have known that the victim was pregnant

In Florida, a weapon is considered a “deadly weapon” if it is “used or threatened to be used in a way likely to produce death or great bodily harm.”

Aggravated Battery is a  second degree felony in the state of Florida, and is punishable as provided in Florida Statute 775.082, Florida Statute 775.083, or Florida Statute 775.084.


If convicted of a second-degree felony, one can face a term of imprisonment up to fifteen (15) years, and a fine up to $10,000.00. Increased penalties may apply if the offender meets the criteria for enhancement under Florida Statute 775.084.


  1. Self defense
  2. Lack of intent behind touching or striking
  3. Lack of intent behind causing great bodily harm
  4. Weapon used does not fall under the statues definition of “deadly weapon”

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Being accused of a crime such Aggravated Battery does not necessarily mean you are guilty or that you will be convicted of said crime.

There are many factual and legal issues that must be investigated and evaluated. Because of the complexities and penalties associated with a Battery charge, it is imperative that you speak with an experienced criminal trial lawyer right away.

If you or someone you know has been accused of an Aggravated Battery in the Pinellas County or surrounding areas, it is very important that you contact a skilled attorney immediately. Our team of attorneys, investigators, and experts are highly knowledgable in defending crimes and will begin building your defense today.

Contact us for a free analysis of your case at our local office located in Clearwater, Florida. If you have been accused of Aggravated Battery in Pinellas County or surrounding areas, call Powers Sellers & Finkelstein, PLC today at (727) 531-2926  to learn about your legal options. Start building your defense immediately!

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