Although both assault and batteryare crimes, they are not the same offense. It is common for the two crimes to be confused or used interchangeably in conversation, though there is a key difference.
Despite being distinct crimes, people charged with either assault of battery are subject to harsh penalties if they are prosecuted and convicted to the fullest extent of the law. Though the consequences of a potential criminal conviction can be frightening, a knowledgeable defense attorney could provide the resources necessary to help avoid a conviction.
The main difference between a battery charge and an assault charge is the actual presence of harm and the threat of harm. Someone can only be charged with battery if they have caused real physical harm to someone, while a person can be charged with assault if the mere threat of harm is present.
Since the charges are distinct, they each have their own set of penalties, should a conviction occur. However, someone facing either charge could be subject to fines as well as a jail sentence. Fortunately, it is possible to fight against criminal charges with the help of a defense attorney.
Being charged with a crime can be extremely stressful, as a criminal record can complicate future aspirations. If you have been charged with either assault or battery, the best way to guard against penalties is it to have an aggressive criminal defense lawyer at your side. Attorney Kendall Teal has helped gain favorable legal outcomes for many throughout Georgia, and is ready to put this experience to work for you. Call our office today at (404) 218-2888 to discuss your legal options.