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Woman Arrested After Shooting Gun Through Flowery Branch Apartment Complex

Posted by Richard Lawson | May 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

Flowery Branch Police

Flowery Branch, Ga. - An Oakwood woman is facing multiple charges of aggravated assault after she allegedly shot at her girlfriend while she was driving through a local apartment complex.

She fired the gun as the other woman was driving which resulted in shots being fired into three different apartments - hence the seven counts of aggravated assault.

Hall County deputies arrested her at the scene. She has been booked into the Hall County Jail and has been denied bond as of right now.

As a Georgia Criminal Defense Attorney, I will outline the law behind the offense of aggravated assault in today's post. Read below.

Aggravated Assault in Georgia

To understand aggravated assault, let's start with the base offense of assault. The Georgia Code defines assault in Georgia 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.

Now, aggravated assault in Georgia defined 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.

While assault is classified as a misdemeanor offense, 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.

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