Assault and Battery in Georgia
The crimes of assault, aggravated assault, battery, and aggravated battery all involve either the threat or actual use of force to inflict injury on another person.
Many assaults are domestic related, while others involve strangers. Some start out as an argument, say in a bar, but then escalate. And the result is that someone is charged with a crime.
Assault: An assault is an attempt to inflict a violent injury on someone, or place someone in fear of receiving a violent injury. An assault is a misdemeanor, with maximum punishment of 12 months in jail and a $1000 fine.
Aggravated Assault is the more serious type of assault, charged as a felony generally punishable by imprisonment of 1 to 20 years. Aggravated assault is an assault involving a deadly weapon, an intent to murder, rape or rob, OR discharging a firearm from a car toward another person. Many objects fit the definition of a “deadly” weapon: firearm, knife, hands, fists, bottle, and motor vehicles to name a few.
Aggravated Battery occurs when a person maliciously either deprives a victim of a member of his body; renders a member of victim’ s body useless; or seriously disfigures a victim. This crime is a felony generally punishable by 1 to 20 years in prison.
Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Battery are felonies which put you at risk of losing your freedom for 20 years. Even simple battery and assault can result in either jail time or lengthy probation with various classes, community service requirements, and fines costing up to $1000. In addition, these types of crimes MAY result in losing your ability to obtain a license to carry a firearm.
Therefore, it is important to hire a lawyer experienced and skilled in defending those accused of assault-type crimes. Mickey Roberts has defended those accused of Assault and Battery for over 36 years.
Because your freedom is at risk in these types of cases, it is important for your attorney to take an aggressive approach in obtaining all of the evidence from the outset. Mickey Roberts will obtain copies of any police training records, police reports, accident reconstruction reports, and other evidence the State may use against you at trial. He will also obtain evidence using his private investigator.
Sample Win: A jury deadlocked in an aggravated battery case where my client claimed self defense after shooting and paralyzing another person. Using my trial experience, I was successfully able to get the State’s witnesses to admit that they failed to investigate a screwdriver found next to the body of the “victim” which could have been used against my client. As a result of the deadlock, the State agreed to reduce the charges to a misdemeanor reckless conduct, with probation and a fine.