One of the most serious allegations in Cobb County Superior Court, is being charged with Aggravated Assault or Battery.
Charges of Aggravated Assault or Aggravated Battery can result in serious penalties and repercussions. Each can carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and fines of up to $100,000.00. Since these offenses are considered crimes of violence, there are generally limited options for alternative punishments to prison and/or steep fines. Additionally, an individual can face an inability to own or possess a firearm, loss of certain types of government assistance and ineligibility to apply for certain jobs and occupations, as well as being a convicted felon.
Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Battery are very serious crimes. If a police officer is arresting you for this offense, it is in your best interest to behave as calmly as possible. Make sure that whatever is said to you, you do not argue with the officer or try to change their mind about arresting you.
While you are in jail, the police may question you or make offers such as suggesting they will let you go temporarily on your own recognizance in exchange for information or an admission of guilt. Be careful — you may be trading temporary freedom for years in jail.
As with most criminal charges, you should not talk to the police or prosecutors without your attorney. What you say can be taken out of context and used against you. If the police question you, tell them you want a lawyer and politely refuse to answer their questions. And you should not consider any offers without the advice of your attorney.
It is also crucial that you have no contact with the alleged victim. If the case goes to trial, their testimony can be very harmful and if you communicate with them they may take your words out of context or twist them.
Aggravated assault allegations can arise from a number of situations, many of which may have been accidental or unintentional crimes. Call us. We may be able to help.