Defense Against Charges Of Assault And Battery
No matter what the circumstances are or what really happened, charges of assault and battery should always be taken seriously. A conviction on these charges can result in jail time, a criminal record and other harsh and long-lasting consequences in your life.
If you or a family member is facing assault charges, the criminal defense lawyers of Henley & Henley, Attorneys at Law, provide skilled and vigorous representation. We have represented many people in Anne Arundel County and Queen Anne’s County accused of violent crimes.
Understanding Assault Charges In Maryland
Assault is defined as the harmful or offensive touching of another (battery) or putting someone in fear of physical harm. When allegations of assault do not include the use of a firearm nor do they cause or attempt to cause serious injury, they will generally be charged as misdemeanor offenses. But when an assault involves bodily injury or use of deadly weapons, the charges can be escalated to a felony offense.
We have defended clients on the full spectrum of assault charges, including:
- First-degree assault: This refers to intentionally causing or attempting to cause serious bodily harm to another or using a firearm in an assault. It is punishable by up to 25 years in prison.
- Second-degree assault: While considered a misdemeanor, a conviction is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or fines up to $2,500.
- Domestic assault: This is physical violence or threats against a spouse, partner or family member. In addition to criminal charges of assault, the court may issue a protective order against the accused.
- Reckless endangerment: This refers to actions that create a substantial risk of injury or death, such as discharging a weapon from a moving vehicle or hurling a heavy object during an altercation. It is a misdemeanor punishable by up to five years in prison.
Experienced Defense For Crimes Of Violence
Many times, assault is overcharged, exaggerating the harm or the danger. And it is often based on the word of the alleged victim, without hearing the other side of the story.
If you or someone you love has been accused of assault and battery, contact our seasoned criminal defense lawyers. With 50 years of combined experience, they are well-equipped to mount a defense and challenge the prosecution’s version.
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