Your Legal Advocate After An Assault Charge
If you’ve been charged with assault in Butler County, you’re probably scared and confused. What penalties are you likely to face? Will you have to go to court? Is this something that you’ll carry around forever? Do you have to tell your boss?
We know this is a difficult time, and Ohio’s complex assault laws don’t help with the confusion. Here’s some general information about the types of assault charges you may be facing, but for more specific information, you can always call us, day or night, for a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
Different Types Of Assault
Negligent assault – This third-degree misdemeanor is charged when physical harm is caused through the negligent use of a deadly weapon. People are often charged with negligent assault after hunting accidents, and the penalties are up to 60 days in jail and fines up to $500.
Simple assault – This first-degree misdemeanor is charged when a suspect is said to have knowingly caused or attempted to cause physical harm to another or another’s unborn child, or to have recklessly caused serious physical harm to another or another’s unborn child. Simple assault carries a penalty of up to six months in jail and fines up to $1,000.
Aggravated assault – This felony (fourth degree) is charged when a defendant is said to have caused serious harm to someone or to an unborn child, or caused or attempted to cause harm through the use of a deadly weapon – AND has done this while “under the influence of sudden passion or in a fit of rage.” It is this state of passion or rage that makes the charge “aggravated” and which reduces the potential penalties from the more serious felony assault. Aggravated assault may carry a penalty of 18 months to six years in prison and fines up to $5,000.
Felony assault – This is a very serious second-degree felony that carries a potential sentence of two to eight years in prison and fines of up to $20,000. Felony assault is charged when a suspect is said to have caused serious harm to a person or an unborn child or used a deadly weapon to cause or attempt to cause harm.
If you have been charged for any type of assault in Hamilton, Fairfield, West Chester, Middletown or other parts of Ohio, it’s vital that you get the help of experienced criminal defense attorneys as soon as possible.
We work closely with our clients and their families to develop a defense strategy that works for them. While we are always prepared to go toe-to-toe with the prosecution for our clients, we know that the best resolution is generally the one that keeps you at home and on the job.
As former prosecutors, we know how the other side builds its case, what arguments they’re likely to make to a judge, and what a judge looks for in determining leniency. We know how to counter their arguments and the most effective way to work with judges to get the best outcome in your case.