Lawrenceville Domestic Violence Attorney
Domestic Violence Statistics
Did you know that 1.3 million women are assaulted by their spouse or intimate partner every year? Woman make up 85% of the reported domestic violence acts however, it has also been found that men make up 40% of the severely injured victims as well. Domestic violence is considered to be one of the most prominent issues now in American society and has unfortunately grown to be a more common occurrence. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that 1 in 4 American women are estimated to become domestic violence victims at some point in time throughout their life.
What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is the act of harming an individual that a person is married to, or intimately involved with. When a person commits this type of violent act, they are subject to severe felony charges. According to §16-5-23.1, when an individual purposively injures and severely hurts a person and evidence of the injuries are clear, they are guilty of battery. People found guilty of battery face misdemeanor charges. When an individual tries to physically harm or hurt a person, they are guilty of simple assault, under §16-5-20.
Assault vs. Battery
Many people confuse assault and battery as being one in the same however, they are slightly different. According to §16-5-20, assault is the threat or attempted harm of another person, whereas battery implicates actual physical contact and impending harm. Under Georgia statutes, "simple assault" is categorized as a misdemeanor crime. This means that you attempted to commit a violent crime and you could have brought harm upon the victim, but did not injure them. Simple assault is punishable for up to 1 year in prison with monetary fines of up to $1,000.
The following factors could lead to an aggravated misdemeanor raising the monetary fine up to $5,000 with one year in prison:
- Your crime involved a firearm
- Your crime involved a pregnant woman
- Your crime involved a senior citizen
- Your crime involved a public school employee
- Your crime involved your spouse
There is also aggravated assault, which is still different from a battery charge. Aggravated assault is showing extreme indifference towards the value of life by attempting to attack someone with the intent to kill, carrying a dangerous weapon. This is now punishable as a felony offense and carries a sentence of 1-20 years in prison. The penalties can become even more severe if you attempt to physically attack a cop, leaving the minimum prison sentence at 5-20 years.
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When it comes to charges of simple battery, if you so much as touch someone in a threatening or provoking manner with intent to physically harm them, you can be found guilty. This type of offense is a misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of 1 year in jail and $1,000 in monetary fines. Similar to simple assault charges, you can also be sentenced with a misdemeanor of a higher, more aggravated nature. With cases of aggravated battery, you are looking at a felony charge carrying a minimum prison sentence of 1-20 years. To be charged with a crime of this magnitude, you must have maliciously caused severe bodily harm to another individual, leaving them impaired and disfigured. Again, whoever the victim is can impact the penalties as well. If you malevolently attack a police officer, the minimum sentence is raised to 10-20 years in prison.
Charged with domestic violence in Lawrenceville? Consult an attorney today!
Domestic violence charges are severe and the legal penalties for such crimes are grave. The law can be harsh and unforgiving when it comes to crimes of a vicious nature, which is why it is essential that you have the proper legal protection. If you have been charged with a domestic violence crime, take legal action today! Don't hesitate to call my firm, so that I can begin working on your defense case early on to help with damage control.
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