Assault and Battery charges may come about simply with the threat of physical harm to another individual. If you are found guilty of assault you could face up to 60 days in jail and be required to pay up to a $500 fine.
Aggravated assault occurs when an individual makes a threat using a deadly weapon. Aggravated assault charges are considered 3rd degree felony charges and penalties include up to 5 years in prison and up to a $5000 fine.
Battery offenses are different than assault in that they involve actual physical contact and not just the threat of harm.
If this is your first battery charge it is generally considered a misdemeanor and you could face up to a year in jail and a fine up to $1000.
If you have been charged with battery before then the charges could escalate to 3rd degree felony, the penalty of which might be up to 5 years in prison.
Aggravated battery charges occur if a deadly weapon was used, if the victim was pregnant, if you caused significant physical injuries to the victim, or if you caused permanent disfigurement.
Assault & Battery on a Police Officer
Prosecutors and the courts take a serious view on charges of assault & battery towards a police officer. If you have been charged with this crime you could face up to 5 years in prison if convicted.
When facing assault & battery charges it is wise to hire the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you find the best solution for your case. Michael T. Rabideau assault & battery experience in his Criminal Defense practice is extensive. He may be able to negotiate a lower sentence or charges with the prosecuting attorney. There are Anger Management courses that may be available to defendants in some cases, in lieu of having to go to court. It may be possible to wipe the slate clean from your record. It is vital to contact a criminal attorney early on into the process in order to prepare your defense strategy.
To schedule a free consultation with Michael call his office today: (561) 820-4848