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.
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:
- 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 Law Group, LLC can assess whether you have any grounds for dismissal, explore plea options, or represent you at trial.