Atlanta, Ga. – Three people were reported as killed earlier today, on Thanksgiving, within the City of Atlanta. All three incidents were results of firearms.
There were several other incidents involving gunshot wounds as well. All injuries and fatalities were related to family or friend disputes. And as a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney, I will outline the offense of aggravated assault as most of the time this is the charge associated with unlawful use of guns.
Aggravated Assault in Georgia
Assault is the base level version of aggravated assault. The Georgia Code defines assault in O.C.G.A. §16-5-20 as:
A person commits the offense of simple assault when he or she either (1) attempts to commit a violent injury to the person of another; or (2) commits an act which places another in reasonable apprehension of immediately receiving a violent injury.
A conviction for assault in Georgia will be treated as a misdemeanor. The penalty can include a period of confinement of up to one year and up to $1,000 in fines.
Aggravated assault in Georgia is defined in the next statute by the Georgia Code in O.C.G.A. § 16-5-21 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.
To be found guilty of aggravated assault, the prosecution must show that the suspect is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. This means that there must be a demonstration of violence coupled with an apparent present ability to inflict an injury that causes a person to fear that they will receive an immediate violent injury.
Unlike assault, aggravated assault is classified as a felony offense in Georgia. The penalty for an aggravated assault conviction is a prison term between one to twenty years.
Call our offices now if you or a loved one has been arrested in the state of Georgia.