Sometimes, people have aggressive, negative interactions with one another. These interactions can disrupt and frighten people and may occasionally result in criminal charges.
Someone who gets into an altercation with a co-worker, roommate or stranger at the bar could find themselves facing assault charges. When will a confrontation likely lead to criminal allegations?
When you put someone in fear for their own safety
You don’t actually have to touch someone to face assault charges. Georgia state law is quite clear that if you act or speak in a threatening manner and cause someone else reasonable fear for their own safety, that act of intimidation could be an assault.
When you hurt someone else
The most straightforward and obvious reason you might face assault charges is that you caught someone else serious physical injury. Punching someone outside of a party could break their nose or knock out one of their teeth, necessitating thousands of dollars in medical care or expensive dental work. Harming another person is a common reason people find themselves charged with assault.
When you touch someone in a non-consensual or offensive manner
You don’t have to cause harm to another person to face criminal charges for your contact with them. Any unwanted touch or offensive actions could also be grounds for assault charges.
Spanking or pinching a waitress as she walks away could be enough to warrant assault charges, as could touching someone in a way that you know will upset or humiliate them.
Understanding why you face assault or another violent criminal charge can help you better plan to defend yourself.