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Assault Offenses – Criminal Defense Atlanta

Assault Offenses - Criminal Defense AtlantaAssault Offenses – Criminal Defense Atlanta

The consequences of assault offenses and crimes ranges from prison at one extreme to probation, parole, fines, loss of right to own weapons, and anger management programs at the opposite extreme. Of course, there are other penalties, punishments, and sanctions that may result in some jurisdictions.

The variables and factors that usually impact the consequences of an assault crime are the prior history of the offender and in particular, whether other assault crimes have been committed, prior convictions, status of current probation, and status of current parole.

What you considered to be a small assault charge can result in a seriously severe sentence if a judge is inclined to believe that you need it.


Types of Assaults

There are many different types of charges pertaining to an assault and battery. These types will depend upon the criminal charges and severity of each charge. It may also help distinguish upon how much compensation you may be entitled to for your personal injury lawsuit.

  • Assault- An assault is a crime of violence against another. Assaults are tyically a threat of bodily injury that could cause harm to another person. This is a verbal threat that would put another person at ease.
  • Assault with a deadly weapon- An assault with a deadly weapon includes a threat with a bat, gun, knife or object. An assault with a deadly weapon is typically the action that would threaten someones life.
  • Battery- Unlike an assault which is a verbal threat, a battery is the action of using force.
  • Assault & Battery – First a verbal threat of bodiliy injury and the act of using physical force.
  • Domestic Assault & Battery – The verbal threat to a family member and action of using force against the family member.
  • Sexual Assault & Battery – The verbal threat to use force against another person to perform sexual acts and the use of force to perform sexual acts without consent.
  • Aggravated Battery- A victim is injured due to a deadly weapon.

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Types of Assaults

  • Felonious assault is an unlawful attack or attempted attack, accomplished through force or violence, that causes physical injury to another person. This type of assault involves the use of weapons and/or serious injury. If a weapon is used, an attack is deemed a felonious assault even if no injury occurs. But there need not be a weapon for this designation. If a serious injury occurs due to an assault using hands, fists, or feet, it is also deemed a felonious assault. Therefore, both serious resulting injuries and the use of weapons are triggers for a felonious assault. Assault and battery is an example of a felonious assault. This is a type of incident that results in actual contact made and creates a need for medical attention to the victim.
  • Simple assault occurs when a weapon is not used and the resulting injuries that are caused to the victim are minor in nature.
  • Physical assault causes grievous bodily harm, such as prior to the commission of a murder or aggravated assault.
  • Aggravated assault occurs with the use of a weapon and/or an amount of increased force.
  • Sexual assault involves the use of force against the will of the victim, resulting in a rape, molestation, sodomy or similar sexual offense.
  • Verbal assault – this is a type of non-physical, oral assault that results in an emotional, mental, and/or psychological injury to the victim, rather than a physical bodily injury. 


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Crimes are crimes committed by individuals. Many attribute the rise in crime to the increased availability of street drugs, growing levels of poverty, and inadequate prevention and intervention programs in schools.

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Possession of Drugs

Loitering Offenses

Assault Offenses

Robbery Offenses

Probation Violation

Theft Offenses

Burglary Offenses

Possession of Weapons

Trespassing Offenses

Conspiracy to Commit a Crime

Alcohol Offenses

False Id Offenses

Murder Offenses

Graffiti Offenses

Vandalism Offenses

Sexual Offenses

Firearm Violations

Battery Offenses

Fraud Offenses

Prostitution Offenses

Auto Offenses

Gang Related Offenses

Traffic Tickets

White Collar Crimes 

Traffic Offenses 

Types Of Atlanta Criminal Offenses

Crimes are separated into two separate groups, felonies and misdemeanors. Misdemeanors are those crimes punishable by imprisonment of one year or less, and include crimes like DUI, resisting arrest without violence, loitering and prowling, and disorderly intoxication.

Felonies and misdemeanors are then further broken down by degrees. The break down into degrees is used to differentiate the level of severity of a particular type of crime. Given that explanation, the analysis of the different level of crimes is easy.


Misdemeanors a lesser crime punishable by a fine and/or county jail time for up to one year. Typical misdemeanors include: petty theft, disturbing the peace, simple assault and battery, drunk driving without injury to others, drunkenness in public, various traffic violations and public nuisances.


Felonies are those crimes punishable by imprisonment of more than one year. They include rape, murder, robbery, kidnapping, drug trafficking, and some ‘white collar’ crimes.

Capital Crimes

Capital crimes are those select crimes viewed as the most heinous and the most severely punished. Capital crimes are punishable by death. That doesn’t mean that every person convicted of a capital offense will be sentenced to death. 

1st Degree Offenses

1st Degree Offenses are punishable by imprisonment of not more than 30 years in most circumstance.

2nd Degree Offenses

Second degree offenses are next and consist of crimes punishable by no more than 15 years in prison.

3rd Degree Offenses

Third degree offenses carry a punishment term of five years or less. Common examples are assault, battery, theft, fraud and various drug possession charges.