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Georgia Motorcyclist Allegedly Shot at Driver on I85 Arrested for Aggravated Assault

Posted by Richard Lawson | Jul 09, 2018 | 0 Comments

Motorcyclist, Saquon Getridge, has been charged with aggravated assault and a slew of Georgia Traffic Violations after allegedly shooting at a vehicle on I85 in Gwinnett County.

Getridge is also facing hit and run and reckless conduct in Georgia. According to the victim's report of the interaction with Getridge, he was driving on Jimmy Carter Boulevard when Getridge stopped short of a red light. The victim admitted to being very close to the back of Getridge's motorcycle at the stop light. He then pulled onto I85 when he allegedly saw Getridge on his motorcycle with a gun in his hands. 

According to reports, Getridge fired three shots at the vehicle before they got into an accident near Pleasant Hill Road. Getridge then ran across a cemetery to flee the cops before he was arrested by police.

Today, I will focus on the offense of aggravated assault in Georgia and the law and defenses that apply.

Aggravated Assault in Georgia

The Georgia Code defines aggravated assault in Georgia as:

“When a person assaults with intent to murder, to rape, or to rob; with a deadly weapon or with any object, device, or instrument which, when used offensively against a person, is likely to or actually does result in serious bodily injury; with any object, device, or instrument which, when used offensively against a person, is likely to or actually does result in strangulation; or without legal justification by discharging a firearm from within a motor vehicle toward a person or persons.O.C.G.A. § 16-5-21

Aggravated assault is classified as a felony offense in Georgia. This means that if the state of Georgia successfully proves that an accused person is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, then an aggravated assault conviction can include a prison sentence of one to twenty years. 

Practice Note

As a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney, I am aware of the different Georgia Criminal Defenses that can be utilized against an improper aggravated assault charge. Some of the defenses include:

  • Lack of Intent 
  • Not a Deadly Weapon
  • Self-Defense
  • Defense of Others
  • Defense of Property
  • Consent 
  • Innocence 

These are just some of the defenses that can be utilized. If you or a loved one has been accused of committing the criminal offense of aggravated assault, contact us today. We will investigate your case and craft the best defense plan for you. 

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