Under Georgia law, a person commits the offense of simple battery when he or she intentionally physically harms another individual or makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature. A person commits the offense of battery when he or she causes substantial physical harm or visible bodily injury to another individual. Aggravated Battery: A person commits the offense of Aggravated Battery when he or she maliciously causes bodily harm to another by depriving him or her of a part of his or her body, rendering a part of his or her body useless, or by seriously disfiguring a part of his or her body. Like assault offenses, the punishment for battery varies depending on the circumstances of the battery such as the age of the victim and where the battery took place. Whether it is a first or subsequent battery conviction will also have bearing on the severity of the sentence. Aggravated Battery is always charged as a felony, while simple battery is a misdemeanor. As with any criminal charge, it is important to discuss your charge with an attorney to find out more about your rights and defenses. If you would like a consultation with one of our criminal defense attorneys regarding a battery charge, feel free to call 770-461-2025.