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.
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.
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.