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June 21, 2022

Selecting an Assault Charges Defense Attorney

Assault charges can be severe, especially if you are convicted. If you have been accused of assault and battery, you need legal representation from an experienced assault charges defense attorney. Having an experienced assault charges defense attorney on your side is the best way to ensure that your case is handled correctly and that your rights are protected.

What Is Assault?

Assault is the act of intentionally putting someone in fear of imminent harm. It can be as simple as shoving someone or as complex as shooting a gun into the air with the intent of scaring others. Some states have specific laws covering different types of assault, such as assault on a police officer or assault with a deadly weapon. In most states, assault only requires that there be intent to cause fear in another person.

Defenses to Assault Charges

There are several defenses available for fighting an assault charge, depending on what happened at the incident. Some common defenses include:

  • Self-defense.You may have acted in self-defense if another person was about to attack you first or if you were trying to protect yourself from harm. If this is true, your actions are justified because they were done out of necessity and not out of retaliation or anger.
  • Defense of others. If someone else was being assaulted, you might have acted in self-defense to protect them—as long as they were also in danger of being injured.
  • Defense of property.You are allowed to use force against an intruder if they are committing or on their way to commit theft or destruction of your property.
  • If one person consents to an act, but another does not consent, then the non-consenting person has a right to use reasonable force to protect himself from harm by the other person.

Penalties for Assault Charges

If you find yourself charged with assault, it is essential to know that the penalties for such a crime vary by state. In some states, the maximum sentence for assault can be as little as a day or two in jail, and the most severe punishment is often acceptable. However, in other states, it is possible to receive a more severe punishment. For example, in several states, your assault conviction could result in you being required to pay a fine of up to $1,000 or face up to one year in prison. Other states have more severe penalties. For example, in some states, you could be required to spend up to 1 year in jail and pay a $2,500 fine on top of any other fines and charges related to your assault conviction.

We Can Help

If you have been charged with a crime, you need to take it seriously. Don't let it ruin your life and career. The Katsarelis Law PLLC has years of experience defending clients against assault charges in Tucson and the surrounding area. We offer a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case and explain the legal options available to you. Call us today at 520-510-043  or send an email to [email protected] to schedule your appointment with one of our attorneys in Tucson.

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Don’t know where to start yet? It is necessary to find yourself a highly experienced criminal defense lawyer who will help you navigate through better. Speaking with an experienced assault attorney will explain to you the available options and assist you in getting the best possible outcome.

For any charges that need an attorney to help, reach us on 520-510-0439, 177 North Church Avenue, Suite 600, or send us a mail at [email protected]. Our crime attorneys in Arizona and Tucson are dedicated to helping clients achieve the best possible outcomes in their cases. We do this by negotiating with the government, preparing for trial, and litigating motions to suppress evidence. Assault is a serious crime that could result in jail time and other penalties. Let us help you avoid these consequences as much as possible.

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