Aggravated Assault – This felony (4th 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 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 6 years in prison and fines up to $5000.
Felony Assault – This is a very serious second degree felony that carries a potential sentence of 2-8 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.
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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.