Assault And Battery

Assault and battery are two separate charges that often occur together. Assault is an effort to cause harm to another person — like throwing a punch in a fight, or contacting a family member in a domestic assault. Battery occurs when the actual harm occurs — when a person is struck, pushed, stabbed and so forth.

Aggravated assault and aggravated battery are felony charges, often involving a weapon and requiring significant medical intervention.

As your attorney, Eric J. Tatum will assess whether the charges are appropriate, or whether a mistake occurred that should cause charges to be dropped prior to trial. In certain situations, he will propose a plea bargain to the prosecution, reducing charges to something less serious. In all these situations, he will prepare for trial, whether a trial is held or not. This approach lets prosecutors know we are serious about defending you, and it gives you greater leverage in negotiation.

Experienced Assault and Battery Defense in Buford

There are numerous defenses in assault and battery cases such as:

Self-defense: You have the right to fight back if you are assaulted.

Defending a third party: If you were trying to protect another party, charges will likely be dropped.

Consent : When two people are fighting, but with no intent to cause harm, charges may be dropped or reduced on the basis of mutual consent.

Accidental assault: If you unintentionally trip someone or bump into him or her, and there is no intention to cause harm, your case will likely be dismissed.

Our strengths are our knowledge of Georgia law, our experience in its courtrooms and expert resources we can turn to, to protect your freedom.

Be sure that when we represent you at The Law Offices of Eric J. Tatum, LLC, we know how much is at stake — your reputation, your freedom and your future. Our lawyer will do everything in his power to protect you from the full force of the law.


Our job at The Law Offices of Eric J. Tatum, LLC, is helping clients in and around Gwinnett County with thorough, cost-effective and strategic responses to criminal accusations. We serve clients in Buford and throughout Gwinnett, Forsyth and Hall counties.

Call Eric at 770-648-2789, or toll free at 800-494-1577.

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