Beyond the implications of having a misdemeanor or felony conviction on your record, a conviction related to an act of violence such as assault may keep you from ever getting the job you want, living in the home you want to live in, or even seeing your children as you want to under a child custody agreement.

There is so much riding on your defense against an assault charge. Whether you are guilty of what you have been charged with or not, you need to mount the very best defense possible.

The attorneys at Wolfe Law Group, LLC are trial-tested criminal defense attorneys who believe everyone’s rights should be protected under the law. If you have been charged with assault in Columbus or in Dublin, Westerville, Gahanna, Hilliard, Newark, Heath, or anywhere else in Ohio, turn to Wolfe & Mote Law Group, LLC for help.



Assault in Ohio

Assault can occur in several forms and under many situations. Generally one thinks of assault as a physical injury inflicted on another person. However, even the attempt to cause harm can be classified as assault. Assault can occur in the heat of the moment, in self-defense, or even unintentionally through negligence. Whatever the situation, if you've been charged with assault, you need an experienced attorney to defend your position.

Types of Assault

Assault may be charged as:

Assault - Occurs when an individual knowingly causes or attempts to cause physical harm to another or to another's unborn or recklessly causes serious physical harm to another or to another's unborn.

Felonious Assault - Occurs when an individual causes serious physical harm to another or to another's unborn or causes or attempts to cause physical harm to another or to another's unborn by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance.

"Deadly weapon" is classified as "any instrument, device, or thing capable of inflicting death, and designed or specially adapted for use as a weapon, or possessed, carried, or used as a weapon."

Negligent Assault - Occurs when an individual negligently, by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance, causes physical harm to another or to another's unborn. 

Possible Penalties

Penalties for those found guilty of assault range from 60 days in jail (for negligent assault) to eight years in prison (for felonious assault). Fines can range from $500 to $15,000. Additionally, convictions, which become public record, have can negatively impact employment opportunities, military service, professional licensing, and the ability to own a firearm. Personal and family relationships may also suffer.

Possible Defenses to Assault Charges

If you've been charged with assault, depending on the circumstances of your case, there are several defense strategies that an experienced attorney may consider including:

  • Self-defense

  • Mistaken identity

  • Lack on intent

  • Victim consented to your actions

  • False accusation

  • Insufficient evidence

Every situation is unique and you need to work with an experienced defense attorney that will assess every detail of your case, explore all possible legal defenses, and fight the charges against you to pursue a positive outcome for your case.

How a Skilled Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help

Defending yourself against any kind of assault charges could expose you to the risks of suffering the maximum penalties. If convicted, you could face devastating consequences, such as a lengthy prison sentence, hefty fines, and a life-altering criminal record. Therefore, when facing assault accusations, it is crucial that you hire a skilled criminal defense attorney that has the knowledge and resources to help protect your rights. 

Don’t risk your future by fighting your charges alone. Wolfe & Mote Law Group, LLC can assess whether you have any grounds for dismissal, explore plea options, or represent you at trial. 


Your future is riding on your day in court. Do not face assault charges on your own, with an overworked public defender, or with an inexperienced criminal defense attorney. At Wolfe & Mote Law Group, LLC, skilled lawyers put their criminal defense experience and tenacity to work for each and every client they represent in Columbus, Ohio, and surrounding areas. You have a lot at stake, so do not delay. Reach out for a one-on-one consultation.

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