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Assault is a broad term that covers a wide range of situations. It is defined as an attempt to cause harmful or offensive contact with another person. 

It can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony and can carry serious penalties, including jail time and heavy fines. If you have been charged with assault, you need a skilled and experienced Martinsburg assault and battery attorney.

Call (304) 244-0633 to speak to a member of The Criminal Law Center today.

Understanding Assault Charges

Assault charges can include:

  • Simple assault
  • Aggravated assault
  • Misdemeanor assault
  • Assault and battery

Simple Assault

Simple assault is an attempt to cause harmful or offensive contact with another person. It can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony and can carry serious penalties, including jail time and heavy fines.

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated assault is an assault with a deadly weapon or with the intent to kill, rape, or rob. It can be charged as a felony and can carry significant penalties, including prison time and heavy fines.

How Are Assault & Battery Different?

Assault and battery are two separate charges that are often charged together. Assault is an attempt to cause harmful or offensive contact with another person. Battery is actual harmful or offensive contact with another person. Both can be charged as misdemeanors or felonies.

The penalties for an assault conviction can include:

  • Fines
  • Probation
  • Community service
  • Jail time
  • Restitution

How Does a Prosecutor Prove Assault?

Assault is a very broad term that can cover a wide range of situations. It can be charged in a wide range of ways, depending on the situation. However, in general, the prosecutor will have to prove that you attempted to cause harmful or offensive contact with another person. They may also have to prove that you intended to cause this contact. For example, if you accidentally bump into someone while walking down the street, you may not have intended to cause offensive contact. However, you may be charged with assault if the contact was harmful and you did not apologize.

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How Can I Fight Assault Charges?

If you have been charged with assault, you need a skilled and experienced assault and battery attorney in Martinsburg. Our firm understands that you may have been acting in self-defense or that your actions could have been an accident. We are ready to fight to get your charges dismissed.

Contact The Criminal Law Center today. We are available 24/7 for your free initial consultation.

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