[Old French batterie
beating, from battre
to beat, from Latin battuere
the crime or tort of intentionally or recklessly causing offensive physical contact or bodily harm (as by striking or by administering a poison or drug) that is not consented to by the victim compare assault
criminal battery that is accompanied by aggravating factors: as
criminal battery that causes or is intended to cause serious bodily injury esp. through the use of a dangerous weapon
criminal battery committed on a protected person (as a minor or a police officer) compare simple battery
in this entry NOTE: Aggravated battery is usually classified as a felony.
intentional and offensive sexual contact and esp. sexual intercourse with a person who has not given or (as in the case of a child) is incapable of giving consent
forced or coerced contact with the sexual parts of either the victim or the perpetrator see also rape
NOTE: This is a broad definition of the offense. The specific elements of this crime vary from state to state, and some states use more narrow definitions.
criminal battery that is not accompanied by aggravating factors (as a dangerous weapon) compare aggravated battery
in this entry NOTE: Simple battery is usually classified as a misdemeanor.