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. Simple battery which is a misdemeanor can only be punished by less than one year in prison, 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, woman or police officer.