Under Georgia law, a person commits the offense of simple assault when he or she attempts to commit a violent injury to another individual or places another individual in immediate apprehension of receiving a violent injury. Punishment for simple assault varies depending on where the assault took place and characteristics of the victim (such as age). Simple Assault is a misdemeanor.
Aggravated Assault: A person commits the offense of aggravated assault when he or she assaults with the intent to murder, rape, or rob. Aggravated assault also encompasses assaults that are committed with a deadly weapon or while discharging a firearm from within a vehicle. Like simple assault, punishment varies depending on the circumstances of the assault. Aggravated Assault is a felony.
As with any criminal charge, it is important to discuss your assault charge with an attorney. If you would like to set up a consultation with one of our criminal defense attorneys regarding an assault charge, please call our office at 770-461-2025.