If you have been charged with assault, the government is accusing you of attempting to use physical force, or threatening to use physical force in a manner that makes the victim suffer a reasonable fear of immediate harm. It is usually thought of as an attempted battery. It differs from battery because an assault does not require the physical contact to actually take place. However, to be guilty of assault, one must form the specific intent to inflict bodily injury on another. Even though assault charges do not involve an actual physical harm, they are nonetheless taken very seriously by police and prosecuting agencies.
Assault charges can be either felonies or misdemeanors. Assaults are jailable offenses and you can also be subject to steep fines, restitution, and required to participate in counseling programs. Assault convictions can make it difficult for you to find a job, obtain a drivers license, or prohibit you from owning a handgun. It will also make other people in your community think that you are a violent, out of control person. It is important to fight these cases with all your might to prevent these negative consequences. If you have been arrested for assault or are under investigation for such an act, contact us to discuss your options.