Assault Defense Attorney
Forsyth County Assault Crimes
Assault is a violent crime, referring to a threat or action which places another in immediate fear of injury or death. You do not have to actually make physical contact with someone or hurt them in order to be charged with this offense. When the assault is between family members or persons who live in the same household, it also becomes a
domestic violence crime.
Zeliff | Watson have spent over a decade and a half actively fighting for the rights of those accused of assault. As members of the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a dedicated criminal defense lawyer from our firm is ready to quickly meet with you and begin work on your case. The punishments for assault crimes are severe and we want to provide a hard-hitting defense for the legal battle ahead.
In Georgia, there are two major divisions of assault offenses. Simple assault is when a person attempts to violently injury another or carries out an action which makes someone have reasonable concern over their safety from physical harm. Aggravated assault occurs when an individual unlawfully tries to and is able to commit a violent act against another. Per Georgia statues, aggravated assault is prosecuted when a person assaults "with the intent to murder, to rape, or to rob" and "with a deadly weapon or with any object, device, or instrument which, when used offensively against a person, is likely to or actually does result in serious bodily injury." Depending on the skill of your attorney and the circumstances of your case, penalties for an assault conviction can range from fines and probation up to lengthy prison sentences.
As experienced criminal defense lawyers, we know that assault charges can frequently be a case of a misunderstanding, a time when an argument quickly turns to unintended violence. Sometimes it can be proven that you were not actually involved in the incident or that no threat of violence took place. In certain instances, you may have been simply defending yourself from harm.
We work aggressively to locate and use any errors by law enforcement or prosecutors to get the charges against you dropped, reduced or for an acquittal if your case goes to trial.
To learn how assault charges can be effectively defended,
contact an assault defense attorney
from our firm today.