On-field brawls aren’t uncommon in professional or amateur sports. Football players take a few swings, baseball players charge the mound and even hockey players throw down the gloves. In none of these cases do we ever see the police rushing out to break up the fight and cart the participants off to jail. But why?
In Cobb County, like all other areas of Georgia, assault and battery are two separate crimes, despite many using the terms synonymously or in conjunction with one another, as in “assault and battery.” Either crime can be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident. Simple Assault Simple assault