Aggravated Assault

According to the O.C.G.A., a person can be booked for aggravated assault, if he/she

  • Intentionally tries to commit a murder or rape.
  • Uses a deadly weapon offensively against another. Deadly weapon here refers to any object that can cause serious injury.
  • Discharges a firearm from the inside of a vehicle at another person without any legally justifiable reasons.

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Aggravated Assault Penalties

The penalty for aggravated assault can vary based on the actions of the defendant and the specific case. In general, a person convicted of aggravated assault can be imprisoned up to a period of 20 years. Similarly, if an aggravated assault has been committed against a peace officer (when engaged in duty or on account of his/her performance), the defendant can be served with imprisonment up to 20 years.

In the case of aggravated assault against a senior (above the age of 65), the defendant can be served with imprisonment up to 20 years and not less than 3 years.

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Up to 20 years

Aggravated assault against a correctional officer (deputy wardens, correctional officers, wardens, and superintendents of the county, municipal penal institutions, and state, certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council under Chapter 8 of Title 35 and any employee of the Department of Juvenile Justice) can attract imprisonment up to 20 years, with 5 years being the minimum.

For aggravated assault committed inside a station or public transit vehicle, the penalty is imprisonment up to 20 years, with the minimum being 3 years.

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