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Violent Crimes

Augusta GA Violent Crime Defense Lawyer

Our Augusta attorneys defend the following serious crimes:

Murder – First Degree
Murder – Second Degree
Capital punishment & Death penalty
Simple assault
Armed Robbery
Felony murder
Child abuse

Domestic violence
Attempted murder
Aggravated assault
Car jacking
Manslaughter – Voluntary
Manslaughter – Involuntary


Robbery is taking of property from the person or presence of the victim, which means that the taking must be from the victim’s possession, whether actual or constructive.
The penalty for unarmed robbery depends on the circumstances of the robbery and prior convictions. If convicted, you could face a prison sentence between one and twenty years.
For armed robbery, the MINIMUM sentence in Georgia is 10 years without parole. Under certain circumstances, if convicted for armed robbery, you can face the death penalty.

Assault and Battery

Assault is an intentional act by one person that creates an apprehension in another of an imminent harmful or offensive contact.

Battery is an offensive and intentional contact with another person which causes injury.
The penalty for assault and battery depends on many factors including prior convictions. Battery is a felony.

Family violence

Any abusive, violent, coercive, forceful, or threatening act or word inflicted by one member of a family or household on another can constitute domestic violence.

Spouses or ex-spouses, parents, children, step parents, stepchildren, foster parents, foster children, people who are parents of the same child or children and people who live together or used to live together are all considered as family members under Georgia law.

In cases of Family Violence, before you can leave the jail, your bond must be set by a judge.

Attempted murder

Attempted murder means planning or trying to kill someone. It is a criminal offence.

Prior convictions

Prior convictions can affect the outcome of a case. A person with a prior conviction for felony will be sentenced to the maximum penalty on the second conviction. Conviction on other states including probated sentence will be counted as prior conviction.

If you have a prior conviction for a serious violent felony, you will receive the maximum sentence with no parole on your second conviction.

Georgia has a three strikes law. This applies to persons convicted for a third felony in Georgia, even if the first two were in other states. A person convicted under the three strikes law will be sentenced to the maximum sentence without the possibility of parole.

Violent felony

Murder or felony murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, rape, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sodomy, or aggravated sexual battery are all considered as violent felony under Georgia law.
Violent felony in Georgia has a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison with no possibility of parole for all of the serious violent felonies except murder, which has higher minimums. You cannot avail of the First Offender Program. If you are sentenced to life in prison, you won’t be eligible for parole for the first 14 years. If you are sentenced to less than life you must serve the entire sentence. If you are sentenced to death and that sentence is later changed to a life term, you will have to spend 25 years in prison before you can be considered for parole.

Facing violent crime charges such as murder or assault and battery?  Fight for your rights.  Contact an experienced Augusta Georgia criminal defense lawyer now.

georgialawyers07ga034Violent crimes are the most severely penalized transgressions in the state Georgia, and this is with good reason. Public safety is important for all of us, and those who would commit violent acts are a threat to the peace and well being of our society.

The Georgia Code includes mandatory minimum sentencing for certain types of violent felonies, such as rape, murder, kidnapping, and violent sex crimes. Clearly, those who are accused of violent crimes face very dire consequences.

Each of the above listed charges carries a sentence of at least ten years in prison, and those convicted of murder face sentences as long as life in prison without the possibility of parole, and even the death sentence in some instances.

The most severe violent crimes carry the most significant penalties, but all violent crimes in the state of Georgia are taken very seriously by the courts. Crimes like manslaughter, arson, assault, and family violence can also result in a period of incarceration, and even after you are released these charges will follow you around for the rest of your life.

These days background checks are conducted for all types of routine purposes, from renting an apartment to getting a job in the private sector to joining the military. The bottom line is that a violent crime conviction will result in serious punitive actions in the near term, and ongoing difficulties into the future.

Nobody wants to be the victim of a violent crime, so these laws are there to serve as disincentives that make would-criminals think twice before engaging in an act of violence. However, those who have been accused of a violent crime are innocent until they are proven guilty by a jury of their peers. There are also times when a charge can be reduced in certain instances depending on the details of the incident and the past record of the accused.

Anyone who has been arrested and charged with a violent crime should retain the services of a Georgia criminal lawyer as quickly as possible, and they should refrain from making any statements concerning the accusations until they are properly represented.

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601 North Belair Square, Suite 16 Evans, GA 30809
(706) 821-2222