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Aggravated Battery

If you or your loved one has been charged with Aggravated Battery (or “agg batt”), contact Tallahassee criminal defense attorney Joe Bodiford.  What follows is the Florida “Agg Batt” statute:

784.045. Aggravated Battery

Bodiford Law Notes:

The offense of “battery” occurs when a person:

1. Actually and intentionally touches or strikes another person against the will of the other; or

2. Intentionally causes bodily harm to another person.

What makes a “battery” an “agg batt” in Florida is the use of a weapon, causes serious injury, or batters a woman the defendant knows is pregnant.


Link to “Agg Batt” Jury Instruction

How Bodiford Law will defend you

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(1)(a) A person commits aggravated battery who, in committing battery:

1. Intentionally or knowingly causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement; or

2. Uses a deadly weapon.

(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.

(2) Whoever commits aggravated battery shall be guilty of a felony of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.


Joe Bodiford has handled countless “agg batt” charges. He and Gannon Coens have successfully represented people charged with shooting others, hitting others with cars, and stabbing cases. This is done by deposing witnesses and crafting a strong defense theory. Joe is an expert in cross examination. His cross examinations win cases!

Self-defense and “stand your ground” may be available to you!