When an action puts someone in fear of being hit or violated in some way, assault charges can arise. Regardless of why this threat was issued, you may find yourself facing assault charges. If you find yourself in a situation like this, you will need to call the McDaniel Law Group, PLLC for help.
Battery charges will usually result when an act of harmful contact is initiated without the consent of the victim. Even if the contact was accidental, it can still be considered battery. Some people mistakenly think that if a person does not require medical attention for injuries sustained during contact that a battery charge cannot be filed. This is not the case, which is why calling us immediately after being charged with battery is wise. When contacting us about these matters, you will be able to get the following help:
- Help with getting the charges against you dropped or lessened.
- Negotiating a diversion program is applicable. These types of programs will allow you to enter a rehab to avoid jail time. The severity of the assault and battery charge plays a huge role in whether or not this strategy can be used.
- Trying to negotiate probation instead of a prison sentence.
- Attempt to plea bargain to keep this matter out of the courtroom.
Statistics about Assault and Battery Cases
In order to determine what type of defense to use for your case, we spend time pouring over data released by government agencies regarding assault and battery. Below are some of the statistics you should know about this type of crime.
- Females are more likely than males to be involved in an assault and battery experience with an intimate partner.
- Nearly 23% of all assault and battery cases occur between people in a romantic relationship.
- 5 in every 1,000 people will be the victim of an assault in this calendar year.
- Over 996,000 aggravated assaults were reported last year.
- Nearly 302,000 arrests were made in assault cases last year.
These startling statistics only go to show you just how common this type of criminal charge is. You will need to get the right legal representation in order to beat an assault and battery charge.
Types of Assault
In order to understand the charges you are facing, you will need to become familiar with the different types of assault out there.
- Felonious Assault- When an unlawful attack is accomplished through force and injuries occur, a felonious assault will usually result. Usually, when weapons are used this is the type of assault charge that will be issued by law enforcement.
- Simple Assault- If a weapon is not used during an altercation, but injuries still occur, then a simple assault charge may be filed.
- Physical Assault- This type of assault is classified by grievous bodily harm being done. This type of charge can also be caused an aggravated assault if any type of weapon is used.
- Sexual Assault If a victim is forced against their will to engage in sexual activities and injuries result, a sexual assault claim will generally be filed.
- Verbal Assault- When verbal threats are made that make a person feel unsafe or at risk, then they may be able to press verbal assault charges.
If you are facing any of these types of assault charges, call us to get some advice. The McDaniel Law Group, PLLC are here to assist you during this difficult time. Our team will have no problem helping you figure out what type of defense needs to be used in your case.
Defenses Used During Assault and Battery Cases
We use a variety of different defenses when trying to get our clients exonerated of assault and battery claims. Below are just some of the defense strategies we have used in the past.
- Self-Defense- Among the most used strategies in assault and battery is self-defense. In order to be successful with this type of strategy, lawyers will have to prove that the defendant felt they were at risk of being harmed before making contact with the other party.
- Defense of Others- When a person makes physical contact with someone in the defense of others around them, they may be able to use the defense of others strategy.
- Defense of Property- If the defendant make physical contact with the other party to prevent them from damaging or stealing their property, then the defense of property strategy.
With the help of our law firm, you will be able to figure out what type of defense strategy is the best one for the circumstances surrounding your charges.
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Call the McDaniel Law Group, PLLC at 877-620-3644 for information on how we can help you. We have over 20 years of experience dealing with cases like this.
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