State Crimes > Felonies > Assault And Battery
|Among the offenses best known to the public are violence offenses commonly called "assault and battery." These actually are totally distinct offenses, and they can be charged as either felonies or misdemeanors. These offenses are found in Chapter 784 of the Florida Statutes. The relevant sections are provided below.
FSS 784.021 is Florida's Aggravated Assault statute
To properly understand this statute, you must know the legal definition of an "assault." That statutory definition is provided at FSS 784.011:
(1)(a) A person commits aggravated battery who, in committing battery:784.03 Battery; felony battery.1. Intentionally or knowingly causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement; or(b) A person commits aggravated battery 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 that the victim was pregnant.
Florida has created a statutory offense that was unknown at Common Law, called "Felony Battery." It is a battery that does not qualify as an Aggravated Battery (which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison), but which is still serious enough to be classified as a felony. This offense is set out at FSS
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