Aggravated battery is classified as a more severe type of battery according to the Illinois Complied Statutes, and is considered a felony. The statutes considers a crime to be aggravated battery if the following factors and scenarios are true:
- The alleged offender’s actions caused great bodily injuries or permanent disfigurement or disability.
- The alleged offender strangles or blocks the breathing pathways of the victim.
- The crime was committed against a specific type of individual such as government or state officials, specific public employees, school employees, medical or healthcare professionals, seniors aged 60 and up or pregnant women among others.
- The victim was performing his or her job or was pinpointed by the alleged suspect to prevent the victim from doing his or her job or to retaliate.
- The victim was a minor below 13 years old or a mentally retarded individual who suffered severe bodily injuries.
- The crime took place in a public location such as a school, highway, road, amusement park or sports stadium.
- The alleged offender donned a robe, hood or mask for concealing his or her identity.
- The crime involved the use of a firearm or a firearm with an attached laser device, with the laser beam “touching” the victim.
- The crime was committed using a lethal weapon.
- The defendant discharged a weapon, causing injuries to another individual.
- The victim consumed an intoxicating or harmful controlled substance such as a poison or narcotic given by the defendant, which resulted in great bodily harm or not.
- The alleged offender is an inmate locked up in a custodial or correctional facility and committed the criminal offense against an employee in the facility using blood, urine, fecal matter or other bodily substances or fluids.
- The defendant intentionally recorded an audio or video of the victim, intending to distribute the audio or video recording.
It’s crucial to note that the criminal offense of aggravated battery is considered a Class 3 Felony, as opposed to a Class A Misdemeanor of a simple battery. Additionally, it could be a Class X Felony, based on the particular circumstances surrounding the case. Due to the severe punishments, an alleged offender could get convicted for aggravated battery. Criminal defense attorneys in Jacksonville, IL recommend getting legal representation.