A local Acworth man has been arrested, tried, and convicted for beating his girlfriend.
The injuries sustained by the woman were severe, and she ended up with a fractured eye socket. She originally did not reach out to police but an ER nurse contacted authorities after she came in to receive treatment. The man has been sentenced to five years in prison with a remaining fifteen years on probation.
As a Georgia Criminal Defense Lawyer, I will outline the law behind both battery and aggravated battery in today's post.
Battery and Aggravated Battery in Georgia
Battery in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law in O.C.G.A. §16-5-23 as:
A person commits the offense of battery when he or she intentionally causes substantial physical harm or visible bodily harm to another.
Visible bodily harm means bodily harm capable of being perceived by a person other than the victim and may include, but is not limited to, substantially blackened eyes, substantially swollen lips or other facial or body parts, or substantial bruises to body parts.
Battery is classified as a misdemeanor offense. A battery conviction can result in up to 12 months in jail and $1,000 in fines.
Aggravated battery in Georgia is defined by Georgia Law in O.C.G.A. §16-5-24 as:
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 member of his or her body, by rendering a member of his or her body useless, or by seriously disfiguring his or her body or a member thereof.
Aggravated battery is classified as a felony. An aggravated battery conviction can result in up to 20 years in prison.
Contact our offices today if you or a loved one has been arrested for a crime.