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In early April of 2017, two people were injured in an overnight shooting in northwest Atlanta, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The incident happened shortly after 11 p.m. on Wadley Street. One victim was shot multiple times and another victim was shot in the leg. The first victim was rushed to the hospital in criminal condition. The second victim was taken to the same hospital and was listed in stable condition at the time of the report.

Atlanta police are looking for three individuals who allegedly left the scene in a white vehicle after the shooting. Police did not release any further details such as the criminal charges they are facing, if arrested.

Also in early April of 2017, a 39-year-old man allegedly stabbed two people before allegedly killing a woman, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The stabbing happened in the 1100 block of West Peachtree. The victims knew their alleged assailant and identified him to police. He was arrested after running a red light. He has been charged with murder and aggravated assault. It is not known if the man will go to trial for either alleged criminal act.

What is Aggravated Assault in Atlanta?

Assault is defined as the attempt to commit a violent injury to a victim or place a victim in fear of an immediate violent injury. An assault becomes aggravated, an increased charge, when the attempt to commit a violent injury occurs:

  • With the intent to rape, murder, or rob the victim
  • When the accused uses a deadly weapon or any type of device or instrument to cause serious bodily injury
  • When the accused fires a gun at a victim or group of victims while in a motor vehicle

The Punishment in Atlanta for Aggravated Assault is Prison Time

An aggravated assault conviction can mean prison time, but the amount of time behind bars depends on the age and occupation of the victim. If the victim is under 65 years old and not a police officer, the perpetrator can receive one to 20 years in prison. If the victim is 65 years old or older, the prison time can be three to 20 years. If the victim is a police officer, it can be five to 20 years in prison.

Atlanta Aggravated Assault Defenses

The actual defense a person’s attorney uses depends on the facts and circumstances of the case. Some common aggravated assault defenses include:

  • Self-defense
  • Necessity
  • The alleged victim’s allegations are false
  • Defense of others
  • Lack of intent to harm the victim
  • No sufficient evidence the assault occurred

Contact R. Gary Spencer, P.C. to Fight Your Aggravated Assault Charge

You need a lawyer who will fight the charges against you while working to get them dismissed or reduced. You need an experienced and dedicated lawyer to guide you through your case. You need R. Gary Spencer, P.C. At R. Gary Spencer, P.C., we are dedicated to providing you with a strong defense and guiding you through every phase of your charge. Contact us immediately.

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