Assault, Battery And Domestic Violence Charges
Assault, battery and domestic violence charges can be either misdemeanors or felonies. Penalties for these crimes can be severe. If convicted, you could be facing court-mandated fines and restitution to the victim as well as time in jail or prison. These cases are often very sensitive in nature and require an attorney with the knowledge and experience to navigate the emotionally charged waters of the courtroom.
Putting Our Experience To Work For You
Call our offices in Lawrenceville to get the legal help you need if you are under investigation or have been charged. Attorney Matt Crosby has more than 20 years of experience, including time as an Assistant District Attorney. He understands the complexities of these cases and how to counter strategies employed by prosecutors. With his dedicated legal team, he has successfully defended clients against violent crime charges, including:
- Family violence battery
- Aggravated assault
- Aggravated battery
- Cruelty to children
- Armed robbery and firearm offenses
At Crosby Law, we know the system, we know the people and we know what it takes to win in the courtroom.
Understanding Assault Charges
Assault and battery are two separate charges; assault is the threat of using violence and battery is an act of violence. Depending on the severity of the alleged crime, these charges fall under the category of simple (resulting in misdemeanor charges) or aggravated (resulting in felony charges).
Simple assault charges involve the threat of violence with the intent to injure someone but do not generally involve actual physical contact. Charges are elevated to aggravated assault when there is intent to rob, rape or murder or when weapons or objects (including fists) that can physically injure are used as part of the threat. Words alone do not constitute assault. The prosecutor must also prove that the accused intended to harm, had the ability to harm and made an effort to harm another person.
Understanding Battery Charges
Battery charges do not require an intent to injure, but they do require intentional physical contact. In Georgia, battery charges fall into three categories: simple battery, battery and aggravated battery. Simple battery involves intentional physical contact, either with an object or by direct physical contact between two people. When the physical contact results in substantial or visible bodily harm such as a black eye or swollen lip, the charge is elevated to battery. If the physical attack results in broken bones, scars, hospitalization or other more serious injuries, the charges are elevated to aggravated battery.
Dealing With Family Violence Charges
Because of the close relationships between the people involved, family or domestic violence cases often become complicated and emotionally charged. If an arrest is made, the accused is often separated from family and even prevented from going back to their home due to no-contact provisions. These charges do not always involve a physical threat or injury. Stalking, emotional abuse and even property damage may also be considered family violence. Family violence charges can be filed against anyone living under the same roof, including not just family members but also couples living together and roommates.