Aggravated assault is a felony under Georgia law and can carry a sentence of up to 20 years imprisonment in certain cases. There are several reasons that a defendant may receive a charge of aggravated assault. Understanding the legal implications of such an accusation is therefore in the best interests of the accused.
The first example of a potential aggravated assault charge may result from evidence of intent to rob, rape or murder. Another example of where such a charge would apply is if an item that could or does inflict serious bodily harm is used as a weapon. Finally, an aggravated assault charge may result from discharging a firearm from a vehicle.
As is suggested by the broader examples, there are a substantial number of actions that could lead to an aggravated assault charge. If you are accused of any harmful action that fits the description of aggravated assault, hiring an experienced defense lawyer is recommended. For more information on the definition of aggravated assault under Georgia law, you can also refer to GA Code § 16-5-21 (2016).
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The societal position of the individual making an accusation of aggravated assault can impact on sentencing. For instance, assaulting a person over the age of 65 carries a minimum sentence of three years rather than one. Certain professions such as corrections officers, paramedics and teachers also influence the weight of sentencing, with each guilty conviction leading to a minimum imprisonment of five years. In the case where there is intent to rape against a child under the age of 14, being found guilty would result in a 25-50 year sentence.
If you have been accused of aggravated assault in Georgia, contact Richard Grossman Trial Attorney for a consultation. We will fight to ensure that you have the best representation in your case.