Understanding the Range of Potential Punishment
This is Tulsa lawyer James Wirth. Aggravated battery and maiming are two serious criminal offenses in the state of Oklahoma. While both offenses involve causing harm to another person, they have different elements that distinguish them from each other.
The biggest difference between aggravated battery and maiming is the potential punishment. Aggravated battery can result in one to five years of imprisonment, while maiming can result in life imprisonment. The severity of the injury caused and the intent of the offender are the two main factors that determine which offense will be charged.
To be charged with aggravated battery, the injury caused must be considered a great bodily injury. This includes broken bones, disfigurement, or impairment of a bodily function. If the offender is of robust health and strength and the victim is age-decrepit or incapacitated, this can also lead to an aggravated battery charge.
What Constitutes Maiming?
Maiming, on the other hand, involves causing permanent injury, disfigurement, or loss of function to the victim. If the victim’s injuries are considered permanent or will not fully recover before trial, the offense can be charged as maiming. This could result in a life sentence for the offender.
It’s essential to note that the injury caused, not the victim’s recovery time, determines whether an offense is considered aggravated battery or maiming. If the injury is severe but will fully recover before trial, it will likely result in an aggravated battery charge.
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If you’re facing criminal charges for aggravated battery or maiming, it’s crucial to speak with an experienced Oklahoma criminal defense attorney who can explain the charges and help you understand your legal options. Visit us online at makelaweasy.com to schedule a free consultation and get the legal advice you need to protect your rights and freedom.