If one intentionally touches or strikes another in a way that is against the will of the other person then that is a crime of battery. Felony battery occurs when one touches or strikes another against their will and causes “great bodily harm, permanent disability or permanent disfigurement.” In aggravated battery cases, a battery took place, the victim was harmed physically and a deadly weapon was used during the commission of the crime. Further, if the victim of battery was pregnant and the offender was aware of the pregnancy, the crime becomes an automatic aggravated battery felony crime.
Battery is a 1st degree misdemeanor, with punishment not to exceed 1-year imprisonment and $1,000 in fines. Felony battery is a 3rd degree felony, punishable by imprisonment up to 5 years and payment of up to $5,000 in fines. Aggravated battery is a 2nd degree felony, with a maximum prison sentence of up to 15 years and payment of up to $10,000 in fines.
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