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How to Reduce Aggravated Battery Charges

stabbing_180x120-150x120According to WPTV News Channel 5, a man was stabbed multiple times around 4:00 a.m. Sunday in Lake Worth. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the incident.

The police report said the victim was stabbed multiple times during a fight with another man. The victim, whose name has still not been released, was airlifted to Delray Medical Center where he is currently in critical condition. Police say they have a suspect in custody.

Further details of this investigation have not been released.

If you have been charged with aggravated battery in the state of Florida, contact a criminal defense lawyer. He or she can help you understand the law and the consequences of your situation.

Aggravated Battery in Florida

According to Florida Statute 784.045, a person commits aggravated battery who

  1. Intentionally or knowingly causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement; or
  2. Uses a deadly weapon.
  3. Or, if the person who was the victim of the battery was pregnant at the time of the offense and the offender knew or should have known the victim was pregnant.

Whoever commits aggravated battery will be guilty of a felony of the second degree punishable by a term of imprisonment not exceeding 20 years and a fine of up to $10,000.

Aggravated Battery Defense

The consequences of being charged with aggravated battery can be very serious in the state of Florida. Even pointing a gun at someone can result in a mandatory minimum prison sentence for three years. If the gun is fired, the minimum sentence can be 20 years.

If the victim dies, the person who committed the crime will be facing life in prison.

If you have been charged with aggravated battery or assault, you should immediately contact a criminal defense lawyer, complete community service hours, enter a gun safety course and write a letter of apology to the victim.

While this may not immediately rectify your case it will allow the prosecution to see your intent to make amends.

A criminal defense attorney understands the necessity of being proactive in these situations. A criminal defense lawyer will help you show your true character and work with you to reduce some of the consequences.

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