Battery is a serious crime, particularly when the victim is a minor. A middle school teacher in Georgia has been charged with battery after she allegedly pulled a student out of class and into the hallway by grabbing her by the hair.

According to the 14-year-old, the student asked the teacher to use the bathroom for a minor emergency. The teacher said no, but the student got permission from another teacher and left. When the student returned, she allegedly felt someone pulling her braids from behind. A school resource officer saw a video of the incident and filed a battery charge against the teacher. The teacher contended that it was an accident, however, the student said the teacher had acted this way towards other students, but they were too afraid to report her.

The crime of battery does not always involve hitting another person. According to Ga. Code Sec. 16-5-23.1, battery generally consists of any intentional conduct that causes substantial physical harm or visible harm to the body. There are two types of battery in Georgia: simple and aggravated. Both crimes require a solid criminal defense strategy to protect those charged against serious legal consequences.

Simple battery involves intentional and insulting contact toward another person or intentionally causing someone else harm. Simple battery is a misdemeanor and could result in up to a year in jail and up to $1,000 in fines. Aggravated battery is a felony and involves intentionally causing someone serious injury and can result in a minimum of one to 20 years in jail, plus fines.