Defending Assault Charges

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Assault occurs when a person unlawfully uses force or threatens another person in a menacing manner, causing that individual to fear imminent harm. In assault cases, there does not need to be injuries or physical contact. If you have been charged with assault, talk to a Washington, D.C. assault attorney at Hunter & Johnson, PLLC. We can listen to your case and get to work immediately to help you build a strong defense.

Whether you are facing misdemeanor or felony assault charges involving accusations of causing serious injuries, stalking, threats or dangerous weapons, you need to start building your defense as soon as possible. Start by talking to an assault lawyer about your situation. The sooner you work with an experienced attorney, the better your chances of successfully fighting these charges.

If you are facing charges for assault, start by requesting a case consult to discuss your case.

What Are the Penalties for Assault?

Criminal penalties for assault can include prison incarceration and fines. Depending on the circumstances, such as serious injuries or a victim who was a law enforcement officer, you may be looking at even stricter penalties. In cases involving aggravated assault or assault with a deadly weapon, charges are elevated to felonies, with the risk of additional fines, prison time, and other penalties.

Even cases of simple assault and domestic violence are seen as a violent offenses, and can haunt you for the rest of your life. Whether you are applying for jobs or looking for housing, when an employer or landlord sees that you have an assault conviction, he or she may be inclined to deny your application. Don't let this charge ruin your life.

The Differences Between Assault and Battery

Usually when someone is arrested after getting into some form of physical altercation, they will be charged with assault and battery. In the world of criminal violations, assault and battery seem to be as inseparable as salt and pepper, peanut butter and jelly, or macaroni and cheese. They are so commonly paired up, it begs the question: are they even separate crimes?

In actuality, assault is a separate crime from battery, no matter how often the two come together. So why are the two of them so frequently packaged with one another on charge sheets? It has to do with how they are defined.

  1. Assault: Using language, vocally or bodily, to intimidate, threaten, frighten, coerce, or otherwise display the intent to harm another person. For example, if you looked at someone, raised your fist, and angrily declared that you wanted to punch them, you could be charged with assault.
  2. Battery: The actual act of physically striking someone with the intent to cause pain, harm, or offense. For example, groping someone who does not consent to the physical contact could be regarded as battery, in this case, sexual battery.

Think about most altercations that lead to an arrest. It is extremely unlikely that someone would just run up and kick or punch someone without warning or provocation. Instead, fights tend to start with heated arguments and verbal boasting. The sequence of events, when broken down, is actually assault that leads to battery. If you wanted to be technical about the charges, it should be called “assault then battery.” Thus, assault actually does occur often without battery, but battery very rarely occurs without assault.

Cutting-Edge Defenses to Assault Charges

Creating a strong defense for assault accusations starts with thorough investigations. Our Washington D.C. assault lawyers meticulously analyze police reports and scrutinize witness statements to find weaknesses in the prosecutor's case. Depending on the unique circumstances of your case, we may be able to look into possible defenses such as self-defense, lack of intent, mistaken identity, lack of evidence, and more.

Turn to Our Washington, D.C. Assault Attorneys for Help

Assault cases are rarely cut and dry. Arrests can be made with law enforcement officials failing to understand both sides of the story. We have seen many instances where clients have been arrested based on false accusations or exaggerated stories. We know the stress of being accused of a crime and we can guide you through the whole process - the courts, dealing with prosecutors, and fighting to protect your future.
Our team at Hunter & Johnson, PLLC is in it to win it. We approach each case with this winning attitude and our aggressive case preparations because we know how much your future depends on it. From fiercely negotiating for the best possible plea deal to taking your case all the way to a jury, we are prepared to exhaust all of our options in order to deliver the result you need.

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