A battery occurs when you cause substantial physical harm or visible
bodily harm to another person (e.g. black eyes, swelling, bruising).
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 offense is a
for which you can receive 1-5 years in
Various other battery offenses can be
high and aggravated
Battery Committed Under The Family Violence Act
A first offense Family Violence battery is a
second offense Family Violence Battery is a
felony for which you
could receive a jail term of 1-5 years.
OCGA § 16-5-23.1
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