Protect Yourself with High Quality Atlanta Battery & Assault Defense

Through a variety of different circumstances and factors, you may find yourself in need of high quality Atlanta battery & assault defense.

Depending on the types of charges you’re facing, the legal ramifications and sentences can be extremely serious. That’s why you must fully understand what your individual situation is, while hiring the best attorney for your Atlanta battery & assault defense.

In the state of Georgia, both assault and battery charges have “simple” and “aggravated” versions. In each instance, the simple charge is a misdemeanor, while the aggravated charge is a felony.

With four different potential charges and then combinations of these charges, the most serious individual charge is aggravated battery. And while many individuals search for Atlanta battery & assault defense, and those charges often come together, they don’t always coincide with each other and you may only be facing one of them.

  • Simple Assault: The attempt to commit a violent injury on somebody else. Punishable with up to one year in prison and fines up to $1,000.
  • Aggravated Assault:  An assault still not involving physical contact (which then becomes battery) but committed with the additional malicious intent such as robbing, raping or murdering. Or a simple assault performed with a weapon capable of causing serious injury. Potential sentences from one to 20 years in prison.
  • Simple Battery: Intentionally caused harm to the victim, or physically made contact with them in a provoking manner. Maximum penalty of one year in prison and $1,000 in fines.
  • Aggravated Battery: Maliciously caused bodily harm to the victim, potentially disfiguring them or rendering a part of their body unusable. Minimum sentence of one to 20 years in prison.

Besides the above breakdown, there are a variety of circumstances which could cause a simple charge to be “of a high and aggravated nature”, with increased sentences and fines.

Other extenuating circumstances ranging from the age of the other individual, his or her position or job, the environment where the incident occurred, and more, will also have a large impact in your sentencing, potential pleas, and so forth. Therefore, it’s crucial to find an attorney who is well-versed in handling these situations and accounting for every possible unique factor or circumstance.

When you’re in need of high quality legal protection, don’t take any chances and don’t settle for anything but the best. Call W. Scott Smith today at 404.581.0999 and we’ll provide you with a free consultation and case evaluation for your Atlanta battery & assault defense.