An invidious attempting to violently injure another person or committing an act that gives someone a reasonable fear of sustaining a violent injury is defined as a simple assault in Georgia. If you have been charged with assault in Georgia, there is a lot on the line. Our legal team understands all that is at stake for individuals facing assault charges. You cannot afford to proceed without the assistance of our Georgia criminal defense attorney. Contact the Miller Law Practice, LLC today to learn more about our services and how we can assist you. Continue reading to learn the consequences of simple assault and aggravated assault charges in Georgia.
What are the consequences of simple assault charges in Georgia?
Simple assault and aggravated assault are the two types of assault charges in Georiga. You will likely face a misdemeanor if you have been charged with simple assault. This may entail up to one year in jail and a potential $1,000 fine. If you are charged with simple assault under any of the following circumstances, you will face the same penalties, though you will be charged with a high and aggravated misdemeanor rather:
- Assault of an individual who is 65 years or older
- Assault of a pregnant woman
- Assault of a family member
- Assault against a public school employee on public school grounds
- Simple assault in a public vehicle or station
What are the consequences of aggravated assault charges in Georgia?
Aggravated assault refers to assault with a deadly weapon, assault with any object that is likely to result in strangulation, assault with the intent to murder, rape, or rob another person, or assault against someone with a firearm from inside of a motor vehicle without legal justification. Individuals who are charged with aggravated assault will face a felony charge. This entails anywhere between one and 20 years in prison as well as a potential $2,000 fine. If additional aggravating factors are present while you receive an aggravated assault charge, you will face harsher penalties. An example of this is committing an act of aggravated assault against a public safety officer.
What are the potential defenses against assault charges?
There is a variety of different potential defenses against assault charges. The strategy our firm pursues will largely depend on the circumstances of your case. Some of the most common defenses against assault charges include the following: proving that you were acting in self-defense, lack of intent, that you were defending others, and more. To learn more, contact our firm today.
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