The Five Different Types of Battery Offenses in Georgia
The Five Different Types of Battery Offenses in Georgia
In the State of Georgia, a battery charge can be classified as simple battery, battery, sexual
battery or aggravated battery. The punishments for these offenses can be classified as a
misdemeanor, high and aggravated misdemeanor or a felony which has a maximum
punishment of 20 years in prison.
I. Simple Battery
Simple Battery is defined as either:
- Intentionally making physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with the person of
another or;
- Intentionally causing physical harm to another.
Common examples of simple battery include:
- A person pushing another person
- Grabbing someone by the wrist or arm and holding them.
A simple battery is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail. It can be also
classified as a high and aggravated misdemeanor if the victim falls within a protected class such
a law enforcement officer or a person over the age of 65.
The Five Different Types of Battery Offenses in Georgia
Note, if a person uses abusive language towards you then you are justified in committing a
simple battery. Example is a person insulting your mom or wife and then pushing the person in
II. Battery
Battery is defined as intentionally causing substantial physical harm or visible bodily harm to
Common examples of battery include:
- A black eye or;
- A swollen lip.
Battery is punished the same way as a misdemeanor with the same provisions with certain
protected classes. The only difference is multiple battery offenses against the same person can
lead to it being charged as a felony.
III. Sexual Battery
Sexual battery is defined as intentionally making physical contact with the intimate parts of the
body of another person without the consent of that person. Intimate parts are defined as the
primary genital area, anus, groin, inner thighs or buttocks or breasts of a female.
Sexual battery is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail. Upon a second offense
or if the offense is against a person under the age of 16 then the offense is punished as felony
with a maximum penalty of Five years in prison.
IV. Aggravated Battery
Aggravated Battery is when a person maliciously causes bodily harm to another by depriving
him or her of a member of his or her body, by rendering a member of his or her body useless, or
by seriously disfiguring his or her body or a member thereof.
The Five Different Types of Battery Offenses in Georgia
Examples of aggravated battery include:
- Breaking a body part including a nose.
- Person loses use of arm of leg from injuries incurred by the assault.
An aggravated Battery is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Note, even if the injury is temporarily, it can still be classified as an aggravated battery.
V. Aggravated Sexual Battery
Aggravated Sexual Battery is intentionally penetrating a person with a foreign object in the
sexual organ or anus of without that person’s consent.
Note, rarely charged as usually will be charged as a rape or aggravated sodomy case. It’s important to speak to an experienced and knowledgeable criminal law attorney to discuss
your case and the potential outcomes.
Contact our Experienced Atlanta Criminal Law Attorneys Today
If you have been convicted of simple battery or aggravated battery, the attorneys at Peach State
Criminal Law will work relentlessly to help you understand the facts of your case and provide
you the results you deserve. Schedule a consultation today to meet with our criminal defense
attorneys. Contact us at (678) 905-1072 or at [email protected] .
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