In general, assault is defined in one of two ways. Assault can be intentionally placing a victim in fear of a battery. It can also be an attempted battery. Georgia has two criminal assault charges: simple and aggravated.
Simple assault in Georgia is defined two ways. The first definition for assault is an attempt to commit a violent injury on a victim. The second way assault occurs is to place a victim in reasonable apprehension of a violent injury.
Simple assault does not require a victim to suffer any injury. It is enough for the victim to be in reasonable fear of receiving an injury or for the perpetrator to attempt to injure the victim.
Yes, it is a misdemeanor crime. While it is normally a standard misdemeanor, a simple assault can be elevated to a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature. A simple assault is a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature when the assault is committed against:
No. Simple assault and simple battery are separate criminal charges. Simple battery is the intentional physical contact that causes harm to the victim. The physical contact is deemed provoking or insulting, or it causes harm.
Simple assault in Georgia is punishable by a maximum of one year in county jail and/or a $1,000 fine. However, if the misdemeanor is of a high and aggravated nature, then the punishment is the maximum of a year in jail and/or a $5,000 fine.
Yes, you do need representation. Contact a Georgia attorney about fighting your criminal assault charge immediately. Your attorney will work to get the charge dismissed or reduced, or will help you prepare for trial.
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