Being convicted of a violent crime in the state of Georgia can result in some of the most significant consequences a person can face. This can include years of imprisonment and the lifelong burdens of having a criminal record. When facing these charges, it is important to understand that your future is at stake. No matter what type of violent crime you are charged with, it is crucial to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
What Are Violent Crimes?
The term “violent crimes” encompasses a variety of different acts. However, they are all some of the most serious crimes that can be committed. This can include assault, battery, sexual assault, armed robbery, kidnapping, homicide, and aggravated assault. As these are all different charges, the consequences can vary depending on the nature and severity of the crime. Other factors can influence a person’s sentence, including the following:
- Whether this is a first or subsequent offense
- Whether it is the same or different victim
- If there is a relationship to the victim
- If the victim is pregnant
- If the person is a law enforcement officer
- If the person is a school or sports official on duty
- If the person is under the accuser’s care
- Whether the offense occurred in a public transit vehicle or station
- If a weapon/object was used during the assault or battery
It is important to know that crimes in the state of Georgia can be upgraded from simple to aggravated if violence is involved. These charges have greater consequences. The following are examples of increased penalties from simple to aggravated charges:
- Simple vs. Aggravated Assault: Simple assault convictions can result in up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $1000. An aggravated assault conviction is a felony that is punishable by 1 to 20 years incarceration and greater fines.
- Simple vs. Aggravated Battery: A simple battery conviction is a misdemeanor charge while an aggravated battery conviction is a felony. This can result in 1 to 20 years of incarceration. Depending on the relationship between the defendant and victim, it can require a minimum of 3 or 5-year prison sentences.
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Alfred Law Firm, LLC is proud to serve clients in Georgia when they face legal matters related to family law and criminal defense. When legal issues arise, it is important to have the guidance of an experienced attorney that can help you obtain a favorable outcome. Contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.