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Murder And Assault

Lawrenceville Murder and Assault Attorney

A Reputable and Knowledgeable Lawyer with 30 Years of Experience to Defend You

Georgia takes violent crimes seriously, and the penalties for murder, assault, and related charges can leave long-term impacts. If you have been charged with a violent crime in Georgia, you should not take these charges lying down. Attorney Stacy Levy will fight to defend you against these charges, whether you’ve been accused of murder or aggravated assault. Attorney Levy brings nearly 30 years of legal defense experience and has a great reputation in the legal community.

Put a knowledgeable and reputable defense lawyer on your case. Call (770) 545-6955 or contact the firm online for a free consultation to get started.

Murder Charges in Georgia

Georgia distinguishes between murder charges based on intent. When someone takes the life of another, regardless of intent or other details surrounding the incident, it is a crime of homicide. When there is “malice aforethought” in a killing – intention and planning ahead of time – it is a crime of murder. For instance, reckless behavior that causes death is homicide, while premeditated killing is murder. Note that murder without malice and motivated instead by a sudden provocation (“heat-of-the-passion”) is considered manslaughter.

Georgia also recognizes felony murder, which is a murder that occurs during the commission of a dangerous felony. For example, robbing a store and shooting the cashier even if you didn’t plan to constitutes felony murder.

Murder and manslaughter are serious crimes; voluntary manslaughter is a felony punishable by 1-20 years in prison, while murder may warrant life imprisonment and even the death penalty. The severity of the sentence will depend on the seriousness of the circumstances, and an experienced lawyer can better help you navigate an accusation against you and what penalties to expect. Attorney Stacy Levy understands how serious murder charges can be. She will fight aggressively to get these charges dropped and minimize the consequences for you.

Assault and Battery

Another category of violent crime in Georgia is assault and battery, both of which may be charged as simple or aggravated. Simple assault and simple battery are misdemeanors, whereas aggravated assault and aggravated battery are felonies.

Simple assault is defined as attempting to commit a violent injury against someone or putting them in a situation where it’s reasonable they can be injured. No physical touch is necessary to constitute simple assault; the mere threat is enough.

If physical contact is made, however, the crime may constitute simple battery. Simple battery is intentionally making physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature with another person or intentionally causing them physical harm.

In the presence of severer circumstances, individuals may face aggravated assault or battery charges. Aggravated assault includes:

  • assaulting someone with intent to murder, rape, or rob;
  • assaulting someone with a deadly weapon or with any object, device, or instrument which, when used offensively against a person, is likely to or does result in serious bodily injury; or
  • shooting a firearm from within a motor vehicle toward a person or persons.

Aggravated battery is intentionally and maliciously inflicting serious injury on another person, such as loss of use of a limb or serious disfigurement.

The penalties for assault and battery range from jail time to fines, depending on the severity of the offense:

  • Simple assault (misdemeanor) – up to 1 year in jail, fines up to $1,000, probation, restitution; up to $5,000 in fines if the assault involved a firearm, public transportation, a pregnant woman, a public-school employee, a senior citizen, or domestic violence
  • Aggravated assault (felony) – 1-20 years in prison, fines, restitution
  • Simple battery (misdemeanor) – up to 1 year in jail, fines up to $1,000, probation, and restitution; increased fines of $5,000 if the alleged victim was pregnant, over 65, a police officer, a caregiver, school employee, or if the crime is domestic
  • Aggravated battery (felony) – 1-20 years in prison minimum, fines, restitution

Let Stacy Levy Law Defend Against Violent Crime Accusations

If you’ve been charged with a violent crime, from murder to assault, Stacy Levy Law can represent you in your defense. The consequences upon conviction are severe, so you deserve an attorney who will put up a tough fight for mitigated or even dismissed charges. Attorney Stacy Levy is the knowledgeable and trustworthy advocate you need to champion a strong defense in court.

Schedule a free consultation online or at (770) 545-6955 to discuss your case with an experienced and dedicated defense lawyer.

  • “She is very genuine and really cares about her clients. She fights hard in the courts and does everything she can to not only help her clients individually but also the affected family members as well.” - Therese
  • “Stacy is also down-to-earth and very responsive. Stacy is someone whom I would not hesitate to refer to.” - Éamonn
  • “Stacy Levy has to be one of the best lawyers I have hired in Gwinnett county hands down, she communicated very well, conducted business in a professional manner as always. Made me feel like I can come to her with anything, she has us in court no later” - Jasmine