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Violent crimes cover everything from spitting on someone (simple battery) to planning a murder.  Violent crimes also cover killing someone in the sudden heat of passion after they seriously provoked you or even attempting to injure or hurt someone. 

Law Office of Shania King, LLC will work hard to protect your rights no matter how serious or minor the crime.  Our firm will provide you with solid guidance throughout the entire process so that you can make the best decision for you. Call today at (678) 793-7975 so that we can discuss your case and begin preparing your defense.

Violent crimes

  • Battery: intentionally causes substantial physical harm or visible bodily harm to another
    • Penalties: Misdemeanor.  If second offense against the same victim, then 10 days to 12 months in jail and/or up to $1,000 fine.  Third or subsequent offense against same victim, then 1 year to 5 years in jail (the judge can suspend all but 10 days jail).  Second or subsequent offense against family member, then 1 year to 5 years in jail
  • Simple Battery: (1) makes physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature to another person, or (2)causes physical harm to another person
    • Penalties: Misdemeanor
  • Aggravated Battery: maliciously causes bodily harm to another by depriving them of a body part, by making their body useless, or by seriously disfiguring their body or body part(s)
    • Penalties: 1 year to 5 years in jail.  If the victim is a family member, then 3 years to 20 years in jail.  If the victim is 65 years or older, a public transit employee, student or school employee, then 5 years to 20 years in jail.  If the victim is a peace officer or correctional officer, then 10 years to 20 years in jail
  • Simple Assault: (1) attempts to commit a violent injury to another person, or (2) commits an act which places another person in reasonable apprehension of immediately receiving a violent injury
    • Penalties: Misdemeanor
  • Aggravated Assault: assaults (1) with the intent to murder, rape, or rob, (2) with a deadly weapon which, when used offensively against a person, is likely to or actually does result in serious bodily injury; or (3) drive-by without legal justification.
    • Penalties: 1 year to 20 years in jail, except if it's a drive-by.  If it's a drive-by and the victim is a peace officer or correctional officer or use of a firearm in/on school, then 5 years to 20 years in jail.  If the victim is 65 years or older, a public transit employee, student or school employee, or family member (except siblings), then 3 years to 20 years in jail. 
  • Cruelty to Children:
    • First Degree: Parent or guardian supervising a child under 18 willfully deprives the child of necessary sustenance to the extent that the child's health or well-being is jeopardized or maliciously causes a child under 18 excessive physical or mental pain
    • Second Degree: when a person with criminal negligence causes a child under 18 cruel and excessive physical or mental pain
    • Third Degree: (1) when a person causes a child, who is the primary aggressor, intentionally allows a child under 18 to witness a forcible felony, battery, or family violence battery; or (2) person, who is the primary aggressor, having knowledge that a child under 18 is present and hears or sees the act, commits a forcible felony, battery, or family violence battery
  • Cruelty to Children Penalties:  
  • First Degree: 5 years to 20 years in jail
  • Second Degree: 1 year to 10 years in jail
  • Third Degree: Misdemeanor.  If third conviction or more, then 1 to 3 years in jail and/or $1,000 to $5,000 fine.
  • Voluntary Manslaughter: causes the death of another human being as the result of sudden passion  caused by serious provocation that is sufficient to excite such passion in a reasonable person.  If there was delay between the provocation and killing and there was time to reason, then it's deliberate revenge and punished as murder
    • Penalties: 1 year to 20 years in jail
  • Involuntary Manslaughter: causes the death of another human being without any intention to do so during illegal activity other than a felony
    • Penalties: If the death occurred during an illegal activity, then 1 year to 10 years in jail.  If legal activity, then misdemeanor.
  • Felony Murder: during a felony, causes the death of another human being regardless of malice
    • Penalties: Life imprisonment with or without parole or death penalty