Aggravated battery

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Aggravated battery in criminal law is a more serious form of battery, and is considered a felony. Aggravated battery can be punished by a fine or more than a year in prison in some countries. Simple battery which is a misdemeanor in some countries can only be punished by less than one year in jail in those countries, or by a fine.

Acts most often defined under aggravated battery are:

  • use of a deadly weapon
  • battery in which serious bodily injury occurs, and
  • battery against a child, elderly person, pregnant woman, or police officer.