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Your task as the District Attorney is to determine what charges apply, if any, for all four
individuals involved in this incident. You should support your answer with an understanding
of the definitions of simple assault, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and robbery. In
addition, was self-defense applicable to the scenario provided? Use the self-defense portion
(based on Georgia jurisprudence) of the Document Library to formulate your answer.Week 8
Assault
Performance Task
Assignment #3
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Scenario
Case Number: 1111111
Date: 13 August 2016
Reporting Officer: Colt Winchester
Incident Type: Crime Against the Person
Address of Occurrence: 111 Felony Drive, Happy Town, GA 15486
Witnesses:
Alan Skittles: Store owner. Male, 43, Latino
Michael Smith: Employee. Male, 21, African American
Andrea Sianturi: Customer. Female, 27, Asian American
Weapon/Objects Used: Umbrella / Shoe
On August 16, 2016, at approximately 20:43, officers responded to 111 Felony Drive in regards
to a white male bleeding from his face. The victim, Samuel Clark, was friends with a female,
Summer Breeze, who lived at 111 Misdemeanor Lane. Mr. Clark was walking to Ms. Breeze’s
residence approximately one block east of Mr. Clark’s residence. As Samuel Clark turned the
corner, he observed two white men approaching him. A witness, Alan Skittles, identified the
two men as Bubba Hurt and Skeeter Redrum. Both Bubba Hurt and Skeeter Redrum began
yelling at Samuel Clark for him to leave Summer Breeze alone and that it was the “last time he
put his hands on her.” It began to rain so Samuel Clark opened his umbrella and continued to
walk north on Felony Drive. Bubba Hurt shoved Samuel Clark from behind causing Samuel Clark
to fall to the sidewalk. When Samuel Clark began to pick himself up from the sidewalk Skeeter
Redrum kicked Samuel Clark in the face causing Samuel Clark to fall onto the street. While
Samuel Clark was lying on his back in the street Bubba Hurt began to kick Samuel Clark. In
response, Samuel Clark grabbed his umbrella and swung, hitting Bubba Hurt in his eye. As
Samuel Clark stood up Summer Breeze hit Samuel Clark in the side of his head with her shoe
rendering Samuel Clark unconscious. A witness to the incident contacted 911. Samuel Clark and
Bubba Hurt were taken into custody and transported to the hospital. Summer Breeze and
Skeeter Redrum were taken into custody and transported to the Police Headquarters. Bubba
Hurt died at the hospital and Samuel Clark suffered a permanent brain injury.
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Task
Your task as the District Attorney is to determine what charges apply, if any, for all four
individuals involved in this incident. You should support your answer with an understanding
of the definitions of simple assault, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, and robbery. In
addition, was self-defense applicable to the scenario provided? Use the self-defense portion
(based on Georgia jurisprudence) of the Document Library to formulate your answer.
Formatting Requirements:
Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
● Be four pages typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with oneinch margins on all sides. All the information you need is in the Document Library.
● Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, your name, professor’s
name, the course title, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required
assignment page length.
Self-Assessment Checklist:
Use this to check your work before you submit your assignment:
 My paper determines what charges to make, if any, for all four individuals in the
provided scenario.
 My paper discusses the definitions of simple assault, aggravated assault, aggravated
battery, and robbery.
 My paper discusses the State of Georgia’s use of self-defense.
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Rubric
Grading for this assignment will be based on the quality of your responses, logic/organization of
the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.
Points: 130
Criteria
1. Determine what charges
to make, if any, for all four
individuals involved in this
incident.
Weight: 25%
2. Examine the crime
scenario and define the
charges as they relate to
simple assault, aggravated
assault, aggravated battery,
and robbery.
Assignment 3: Assault Performance Task
Unacceptable
Below 70% F
Exemplary
90-100% A
Partially determines
what charges to
make, if any, for all
four individuals
involved in this
incident.
Satisfactorily
determines what
charges to make, if
any, for all four
individuals involved
in this incident.
Thoroughly
determines what
charges to make, if
any, for all four
individuals involved
in this incident.
Does not examine the
crime scenario or
define the charges as
they relate to simple
assault, aggravated
assault, aggravated
battery, and robbery.
Partially examines
the crime scenario
and starts to define
the charges as they
relate to simple
assault, aggravated
assault, aggravated
battery, and robbery.
Satisfactorily
examines the crime
scenario and defines
the charges as they
relate to simple
assault, aggravated
assault, aggravated
battery, and robbery.
Thoroughly examines
the crime scenario
and strongly defines
the charges as they
relate to simple
assault, aggravated
assault, aggravated
battery, and robbery.
Does not describe the
charges in relation to
your understanding
of self-defense in the
State of Georgia.
Partially describes the
charges in relation to
your understanding
of self-defense in the
State of Georgia.
Satisfactorily
describes the charges
in relation to your
understanding of selfdefense in the State
of Georgia.
Thoroughly describes
the charges in
relation to your
understanding of selfdefense in the State
of Georgia.
The relationship
between the charges
and your
understanding of selfdefense is evident,
but could use
additional supporting
details.
The relationship
between the charges
and your
understanding of selfdefense is solid and
well-supported.
3-4 errors present.
0-2 errors present.
Weight: 25%
4. Clarity, writing
mechanics, and formatting
requirements.
Proficient
80-89% B
Does not determine
what charges to
make, if any, for all
four individuals
involved in this
incident.
Weight: 25%
3. Describe the charges in
relation to your
understanding of selfdefense in the State of
Georgia.
Fair
70-79% C
Expanding the
description of the
charges and the use
of self-defense in
Georgia would
improve this section.
More than 6 errors
present.
5-6 errors present.
Weight: 25%
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Document Library
CLERKS OFFICE:
HAPPY TOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT
INCIDENT INFORMATION FORM
Date:
Case Number:
Reporting Officer:
13 August 2016
1111111
Colt Winchester
ARRESTED
DOB
HEIGHT
WEIGHT
RACE
GENDER
PRIORS
BUBBA HURT
01/05/1990
6’05
290 lbs
W
M
Y
SKEETER
REDRUM
05/14/1992
6’0
185 lbs
W
M
Y
SUMMER
BREEZE
07/05/1996
5’07
145 lbs
W
F
Y
SAMUEL
CLARK
11/12/1975
5’09
175 lbs
W
M
Y
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CLERKS OFFICE:
HAPPY TOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT
INCIDENT INFORMATION FORM
WITNESS(S)
Date:
Case Number:
Reporting Officer:
13 August 2016
1111111
Colt Winchester
NAME
ADDRESS
PHONE #
Alan
Skittles
114 FELONY DRIVE,
HAPPY TOWN, GA.
444-555-777
111 MISDEMEANOR
DR, HAPPY TOWN,
GA.
136 FELONY CIRCLE
HAPPY TOWN, GA.
Michael
Smith
Andrea
Sianturi
OCCUPATION
AGE
RACE
GENDER
STORE OWNER
EAT & RUN CAFE
43
H
M
444-111-3333
EMPLOYEE
EAT & RUN CAFE
21
B
M
444-999-4444
RETAIL SALES
SOCKS FOR FEET
27
A
F
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MEMORANDUM
To: Patrol Division
From: Chief of Police Rodney Hurt
Date: July 10, 2016
Subject: PROACTIVE EXPECTATIONS
Earlier this month a memorandum titled Proactive Expectations for Zone III was issued to all
Patrol Division personnel. The purpose of the memorandum was to establish increase patrols in
Zone III of Happy Town. As a result, incidents has increased in Zone IV significantly and
specifically the 100 block of Felony Drive.
As a result of a news story, citizen complaints and information from Vice and Narcotics there
has been a significant increase in prostitution and drug activity in this area. Beginning July 15,
2016 there will be designated patrol officers working with Vice and Narcotics to increase
visibility and take a proactive approach in resolving this issue.
We will be closely monitoring the progress for the upcoming months to ensure the citizens of
our city that they are safe. Remember, when it comes to enforcement efforts, our emphasis
should be the quality of your service.
Rodney Hurt
Chief of Police Happy Town
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Georgia Assault and Battery Laws
Simple Assault: O.C.G.A. §16-5-20
Aggravated Assault: O.C.G.A §16-5-21
Code Sections
Simple Battery: O.C.G.A §16-5-23
Aggravated Battery: O.C.G.A §16-5-24
Simple Assault: Attempting to commit a violent injury on someone
else or putting them in a situation where it’s reasonable they can
be injured in such a manner. No actual physical touching is
necessary to violate the law. Words can be enough. For example,
threatening to break someone’s neck, if done in a menacing
manner, can be considered simple assault.
What is Prohibited
Aggravated Assault: Assaulting someone:
(1) With intent to murder, to rape, or to rob;
(2) With a deadly weapon or with any object, device, or instrument
which, when used offensively against a person, is likely to or
actually does result in serious bodily injury; or
(3) Shooting a firearm from within a
motor vehicle toward a person or persons.
Simple Battery:
(1) Intentionally making physical contact of an insulting or
provoking nature with the person of
another; or
(2) Intentionally causing physical harm to another person.
Aggravated Battery: Intentionally and maliciously inflicting a
serious injury to the victim, such as loss of a limb, loss of use of a
limb, or serious disfigurement.
What is “Serious
Disfigurement?”
Any kind of physical alteration to another person’s body, such as a
visible scar on someone’s face or other body part; or a broken bone
that alters one’s physical appearance
Penalty
Simple Assault: Misdemeanor: Up to 1 year in jail, fines reaching
$1,000, probation, and restitution. Can be elevated to a “high” and
“aggravated” misdemeanor with enhanced penalties (up to 1 year
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in jail and $5,000 fines) if the assault committed involved a firearm,
public transportation, a pregnant woman, a public school
employee, a senior citizen, or if it was a domestic assault
(committed against a family member).
Aggravated Assault: Felony: One to twenty years in prison, fines,
restitution.
Simple Battery: Misdemeanor: Up to 1 year in jail, fines up to
$1,000, probation, and restitution. Can be elevated to a
misdemeanor of high and aggravated nature if it’s determined the
victim was pregnant, over 65, a police officer, a caregiver, school
employee, or if the crime is domestic. This misdemeanor is also
punishable by up to one year but carries potential fines up to
$5,000.
Aggravated Battery: Felony: one to twenty years in prison
minimum, fines, restitution.
Who Prosecutes this
Crime?
Georgia District Attorney’s Offices
Hate Crimes
O.C.G.A. §17-10-17. If someone commits an assault or battery or
any crime against a victim because of bias or prejudice, such as
racial or gender bias, the court must impose a more severe penalty
than would be normally imposed for the crime (according to court
or local policy), but no greater than the maximum sentence
permitted under the statute. The offender must serve at least 90%
of the sentence before being released (offenders serving sentences
in jail or prison generally serve less than the sentence imposed
because of “good time” credit or early release programs for good
behavior).
http://statelaws.findlaw.com/georgia-law/georgia-assault-and-battery-laws.html
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GEORGIA CRIMINAL CODE
Title 16
2010 GEORGIA CODE
TITLE 16 – CRIMES AND OFFENSES
CHAPTER 5 – CRIMES AGAINST THE PERSON
ARTICLE 2 – ASSAULT AND BATTERY
§ 16-5-20 – Simple assault
O.C.G.A. 16-5-20 (2010)
16-5-20. Simple assault
(a) A person commits the offense of simple assault when he or she either:
(1) Attempts to commit a violent injury to the person of another; or
(2) Commits an act which places another in reasonable apprehension of immediately receiving
a violent injury.
(b) Except as provided in subsections (c) through (h) of this Code section, a person who
commits the offense of simple assault shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
(c) Any person who commits the offense of simple assault in a public transit vehicle or station
shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished for a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature.
For purposes of this Code section, “public transit vehicle” means a bus, van, or rail car used for
the transportation of passengers within a system which receives a subsidy from tax revenues or
is operated under a franchise contract with a county or municipality of this state.
(d) If the offense of simple assault is committed between past or present spouses, persons who
are parents of the same child, parents and children, stepparents and stepchildren, foster
parents and foster children, or other persons excluding siblings living or formerly living in the
same household, the defendant shall be punished for a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated
nature. In no event shall this subsection be applicable to corporal punishment administered by
a parent or guardian to a child or administered by a person acting in loco parentis.
(e) Any person who commits the offense of simple assault against a person who is 65 years of
age or older shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished for a misdemeanor of a high and
aggravated nature.
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(f) Any person who commits the offense of simple assault against an employee of a public
school system of this state while such employee is engaged in official duties or on school
property shall, upon conviction of such offense, be punished for a misdemeanor of a high and
aggravated nature. For purposes of this Code section, “school property” shall include public
school buses and stops for public school buses as designated by local school boards of
education.
(g) Any person who commits the offense of simple assault against a female who is pregnant at
the time of the offense shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished for a misdemeanor of a high
and aggravated nature.
(h) Nothing in this Code section shall be construed to permit the prosecution of:
(1) Any person for conduct relating to an abortion for which the consent of the pregnant
woman, or person authorized by law to act on her behalf, has been obtained or for which such
consent is implied by law;
(2) Any person for any medical treatment of the pregnant woman or her unborn child; or
(3) Any woman with respect to her unborn child.
For the purposes of this subsection, the term “unborn child” means a member of the species
homo sapiens at any stage of development who is carried in the womb.
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TITLE 16 – CRIMES AND OFFENSES
CHAPTER 5 – CRIMES AGAINST THE PERSON
ARTICLE 2 – ASSAULT AND BATTERY
§ 16-5-21 – Aggravated assault
O.C.G.A. 16-5-21 (2010)
16-5-21. Aggravated assault
(a) A person commits the offense of aggravated assault when
he or she assaults:
(1) With intent to murder, to rape, or to rob;
(2) With a deadly weapon or with any object, device, or instrument which, when used
offensively against a person, is likely to or actually does result in serious bodily injury; or
(3) A person or persons without legal justification by discharging a firearm from within a motor
vehicle toward a person or persons.
(b) Except as provided in subsections (c) through (k) of this Code section, a person convicted of
the offense of aggravated assault shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor
more than 20 years.
(c) A person who knowingly commits the offense of aggravated assault upon a peace officer
while the peace officer is engaged in, or on account of the performance of, his or her official
duties shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by impris…
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