Aggravated child abuse is a more serious form of the felony offense child abuse.
In Florida, the crime of aggravated child abuse is proven when the prosecution proves the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt.
They must prove that the defendant
(1) committed an aggravated battery, or
(2) willfully tortured, or
(3) maliciously punished, or
(4) willfully and unlawfully caged a victim under the 18 years of age.
The defendant also must have knowingly and willfully committed the child abuse, and in committing the offense, caused great bodily harm, permanent disability or permanent disfigurement.
Aggravated child abuse is a second degree felony punishable up to 15 years in prison.
Child abuse charges can be devestating to you and your family. Not only can you face time in prison, but DCF (Department of Children and Families) will be called in and you may lose custody of your children.
Aggravated child abuse cases are typically assigned to experienced prosecutors.
If you are being charged with aggravated child abuse, or are under investigation by a law enforcement agency for aggravated child abuse, contact a criminal defense attorney today. You have rights and you need to know how to properly exercise them in your time of crisis. Police officers and detectives love people who are not represented by attorneys because they feel they can take advantage of them.
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