In Jacksonville, Florida Simple Battery is a first-degree misdemeanor. However, if the Jacksonville Criminal Defendant knew or should have known that the victim was pregnant at the time the Florida battery occurred, the Jacksonville battery charge will be enhanced to a felony charge.
Florida Statute 784.045(1)(b) governs Jacksonville Battery on a Pregnant Female. If the alleged victim of a Florida battery is a pregnant woman, the crime is no longer a simple battery in Jacksonville, Florida. Instead, it is enhanced to Florida aggravated battery. The elements of the crime are similar to a Florida Simple Battery. Under Florida Statute Section 784.03, there must be an actual and unwanted touching of another person. For a Jacksonville Battery on a Pregnant Woman, the Florida Criminal Defendant committing the battery knew or should have known that the person was pregnant. Usually, this is established because the Florida criminal defendant that was arrested for the battery in Jacksonville is in a close relationship with the victim or the victim is visibly pregnant.
There are defenses to Jacksonville Battery on a Pregnant Woman, and a Jacksonville Battery Lawyer can help you with your defense to this charge. Contact a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer at 20 Miles Law. You can contact a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney at (904) 564-2525 or by email.