Being charged with a violent crime is serious business in Georgia. Not only do violent crime charges often result in harsh penalties, but also often, they result in a damaged reputation and social status, which may never recover, even if a conviction is never obtained. Georgia law considers multiple crimes as violent, and the nature of the charges may depend on the nature of the threat or bodily injury alleged.
Violent Crime Charges in Georgia
According to Georgia law, the following crimes are considered violent crimes:
- Assault and Battery – Assault and battery are two of the most common violent crime charges, and can be either direct or indirect. These charges may result from a physical threat or a verbal threat. Generally, a verbal threat is considered an assault, and a use of physical force is considered battery. The exact charges associated with assault and battery may depend on mitigating circumstances, such as the presence of a weapon, the presence of minors, and other factors.
- Homicide – Homicide is a charge reserved for individuals who kill another individual. There are traditionally three separate degrees of homicide, including justifiable, excusable, and criminal homicide. Justifiable homicide is a crime that is justifiable, such as self-defense, and may be protected by law. Excusable homicide includes actions such as a property owner shooting an intruder. Criminal homicide refers to a homicide that is committed with criminal intent.
- Murder – Murder is a charge reserved for individuals who commit premeditated murder, known as malice aforethought. Murder is the standard charge in Georgia for individuals who killed someone else with a deadly weapon, such as a knife or gun.
- Manslaughter – Manslaughter is another variation where the charge depends on the incident. There are two subcategories of manslaughter, which are voluntary and involuntary. Voluntary manslaughter occurs when someone intentionally takes the life of someone else after being provoked. Involuntary manslaughter occurs when someone is killed by negligence, rather than intent, or is killed during the commission of another crime. A common example of involuntary manslaughter is when someone is killed in an automobile accident caused by someone who is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- False Imprisonment - False imprisonment occurs when an individual is forced or coerced into a confined area without their consent.
- Rape – Rape occurs when one individual sexually penetrates another without his or her consent. Rape laws include penetration between two unmarried individuals, or penetration without effective consent. Georgia law considers rape a felony.
- Robbery – Robbery is often considered a property crime, but it also falls within the scope of violent crime. Unlike other property crimes, robbery occurs when force or threats are used to obtain property from someone else. Criminal charges of robbery may be upgraded aggravated status if a weapon is used in the commission of the crime.
Do Not Allow your Violent Crime Charges to Destroy your Life
Being charged with a violent crime is serious in Georgia. Anyone who has been arrested on suspicion of a violent crime should immediately contact a skilled Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorney who can effective assess every detail of their case and find the best solutions to protect their rights. At the Abt Law Firm, LLC, our skilled criminal defense attorney advocates for the rights of clients aggressively and successfully. We pride ourselves in serving clients throughout Metro Atlanta and all across the state. We offer 24/7 client support, and are happy to offer a free consultation in our office, over the phone, or at the jail. If you are ready to fight violent crime charges, call 1 (800) NO JAIL 9 or 1 (800) 665-2459 to learn more about our comprehensive legal services.