Definition - What does Aggravated Battery mean?
Aggravated battery is a type of assault that is violent in nature and usually involves the use of a deadly weapon such as a gun or knife. It can also be determined that aggravated battery is the result of a hate crime or a crime against the police or government authority. Bodily injury that is of a serious nature has to occur. This is a felony in all states, but is treated differently in terms of sentencing, with some states giving criminal defendants found guilty of aggravated battery a mandatory 20-year incarceration term.
Justipedia explains Aggravated Battery
Aggravated battery charges are usually levied with other charges as it is the culmination of assault and battery taken to the highest level that determines an aggravated battery, so the existence of lesser crimes appear in the case. A criminal defendant charged with aggravated battery will be forced to take anger management classes as well as whatever sentence the court imposes.
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