Aggravated assault is a serious crime that carries severe penalties upon conviction. If you are facing these charges, it is crucial to get an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side as soon as possible. Contact Wallack Law in Atlanta today for the dedicated legal representation you need if you have been accused of aggravated assault.
In the state of Georgia, assault is an attempt to cause physical injury to another person. It can also be any intentional act or threat of action that reasonably causes another person to fear impending violence. Battery is a similar crime that involves actually committing, not simply threatening, violence. Under Ga. Code Ann. Section 16-5-21, aggravated assaulted is a serious felony offense that is committed:
Upon conviction of aggravated assault, penalties may include:
Aggravated assault or battery under certain circumstances carries mandatory minimum prison sentences of three, five, or 10 years, depending on the victim. These mandatory prison term minimums are imposed when a defendant is convicted of aggravated assault or battery:
When we represent you in an aggravated assault case, we will investigate the incident to determine if you were wrongfully charged or if there are other reasons that your case should be dismissed before trial. Defense against aggravated assault will depend on the circumstances surrounding your case. One of the most common defenses against this charge is self-defense or using force of threat of force to protect yourself from immediate physical violence. Self-defense is an affirmative defense, meaning you do not dispute the facts of the case, but your reasons for doing what you did are valid and justifiable under the law.
A felony conviction of aggravated assault can seriously impact your life and future. Convicted felons lose the right to vote, serve as jurors, hold public office, or carry or own firearms. If you are facing aggravated assault charges, contact a Atlanta criminal defense attorney at Wallack Law in Atlanta right away. We will fight aggressively for the best possible outcome in your case.