What Do Assault And Battery Mean?

Assault and battery are defined differently but often hold the same, or very similar, penalties in Georgia.

Assault refers to an attempt to harm someone, including placing someone in a situation in which they are likely to be injured. Threats of violence may also be considered assault.

Battery, on the other hand, refers to physically harming someone. Contact has to be involved, whereas you could be charged with assault without physically touching the person.

Simple Vs. Aggravated Assault And Battery

Crimes of assault and battery will either be considered "simple" or "aggravated." These terms are based on the severity of the crime.

An assault is considered aggravated whenever a weapon is involved, or if the accused attempted to commit murder, rape or theft during the assault.

Aggravated battery is charged when the victim suffered serious harm such as scarring or broken bones.

Protect Your Rights And Your Future

At the law firm of Alfred Fargione, our goal is to stand up for clients in tough legal situations. Even simple assault and battery could result in hefty fines, jail time and a probation period. We have experience in all types of violent crime cases including sexual assault.

A criminal charge is not final. Get in touch with a lawyer as soon as you can to build a defense strategy against the charges. From our past successes and knowledge of criminal law, we understand to secure the best outcome for you.

For a free consultation with attorney Alfred Fargione, please call 706-510-2802 or fill out our online form. We serve Athens and the whole metro area.