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Does Assault Require an Actual Injury to the Victim?

By Hawkins Spizman |

In Georgia, the crime of simple assault occurs when someone “attempts to commit a violent injury” to another person or commits any act that “places another in reasonable apprehension of immediately receiving a violent injury.” Simple assault is legally distinguishable from aggravated assault, which is an assault committed with an “object, device, or instrument”… Read More »

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How Does the Insanity Defense Work in Georgia?

By Hawkins Spizman |

Television crime dramas are often fond of portraying the insanity defense. In the eyes of many people, “pleading insanity” is seen as a loophole exploited by a guilty defendant to escape punishment for their actions. But the reality of the insanity defense in Georgia is far more complex. Take this recent decision from the… Read More »

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What Is an Alford Plea in a Georgia Criminal Case?

By Hawkins Spizman |

When a person is formally charged with a crime in Georgia, the court will ask the defendant to enter a plea. Normally, the defendant will plead either “guilty” or “not guilty.” In some cases, the defendant may enter a plea of nolo contendere or “no contest.” This basically means that the defendant does not… Read More »

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How Making “Terroristic Threats” Can Lead to Serious Criminal Charges in Georgia

By Hawkins Spizman |

In recent years, state and local governments have become more vigilant in trying to guard against acts of violence intended to terrorize local communities. Here in Georgia, there is a state law that expressly defines the “offense of a terroristic threat,” which can be used to convict someone even if they never actually carry… Read More »

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Man Charged With Battery After Hitting Someone With Hot Dog

By Hawkins Spizman |

When you think of assault with a deadly weapon, you may think of a gun, knife, baseball bat, or maybe a stick or huge rock. But a hot dog? It may seem laughable, but it’s a true story that recently happened in Augusta. As you can imagine, alcohol was at play, with a drunk… Read More »

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Does Age Matter With Simple Assault Charges In Georgia?

By Hawkins Spizman |

In Georgia, a person can be charged with either simple assault or aggravated assault depending on what happened during a violent incident. If simple assault is the charge, this is typically a misdemeanor, although in some situations there can be what is known as aggravating factors. Aggravating factors are additional actions or details about… Read More »

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Thursday Night Fight between Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers

By Hawkins Spizman |

On November 14, an attack occurred against Steelers player, Mason Rudolph. Rudolph was attacked by Browns player Myles Garrett when Garrett tore off Rudolph’s helmet in anger and used it to smack Rudolph on the top of his head. There were eight seconds left in the game when the fight happened between the two,… Read More »

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What Elements Are Needed to Prove Assault?

By Hawkins Spizman |

You may feel overwhelmed and even frightened if you have been charged with assault in Georgia. As Atlanta assault defense attorneys, we represent clients who have been accused of this serious crime. We know that you may feel as if you have nowhere to turn and no one in your corner. That couldn’t be… Read More »

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Why Aren’t On-Field Sports Brawls Considered Assault or Battery?

By Hawkins Spizman |

On-field brawls aren’t uncommon in professional or amateur sports. Football players take a few swings, baseball players charge the mound, and even hockey players throw down the gloves. Players are ejected and some suspended. While it’s certainly an expensive punishment for the players involved, it’s not exactly the same treatment anyone on a public… Read More »

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Civil vs. Criminal Assault and Battery Cases

By Hawkins Spizman |

Many people are familiar with the term “assault and battery,” and mistakenly interchange the two terms. The crimes are not one in the same as far as Georgia law is concerned. Assault and battery are separate crimes, and are further broken down into “simple” and “aggravated” offenses. The following is a brief description of… Read More »

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