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Man Shot Near University Campus in Atlanta

Posted by Richard Lawson | Oct 07, 2018 | 0 Comments

Both Clarke University and Morehouse College in Atlanta have experienced high amounts of crime reports in the past few months. Last week, as an Atlanta Criminal Attorney, I covered a story about multiple carjacking reports on Morehouse College campus. 

On Friday evening, a man drove up to the security booth on Clark University campus with a gunshot wound in his arm. No students have been reported as being involved, however, this shooting is just two weeks after a Clark University freshman was shot while driving near campus on Lucile Avenue. 

The Atlanta Police Department reports that investigations are still very much ongoing. 

In today's post, I will outline the offense of aggravated assault in Georgia. 

Georgia Aggravated Assault

The Georgia Code defines aggravated assault as:

A person commits the offense of aggravated assault when he or she 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 convicted of aggravated assault, the penalty may include up to twenty years.

Practice Note

If you or a loved one has been arrested for committing a crime in Atlanta, you need knowledgeable and experienced representation. An Atlanta Criminal Lawyer will investigate all the details in your specific case and evaluate all options that may be available to you. 

Remember - an arrest does not mean that you are guilty, and an arrest is definitely not the same thing as a conviction. Contact us today.

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