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BATTERY
can be either a misdemeanor
or felony in ga


Definition of Battery
A battery occurs when you cause substantial physical harm or visible bodily harm to another person (e.g. black eyes, swelling, bruising).

Penalties for Battery
A first and second offense (with no family violence involvement) are
misdemeanors. However, conviction for a second offense against the same person requires a minimum jail sentence of ten days.

A third or subsequent offense against the same person is a
felony for which you can receive 1-5 years in jail.

Various other battery offenses can be
high and aggravated misdemeanors or felonies.

Penalty for Battery Committed Under The Family Violence Act
A first offense Family Violence battery is a
misdemeanor.

A second offense Family Violence Battery is a felony for which you could receive a jail term of 1-5 years.

Read the following code section for battery against various other persons.

OCGA 16-5-23.1

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