When you’ve been charged with a violent crime, your freedom and future may be at stake. Assault and battery convictions can carry penalties that include fines and jail time. In the case of an aggravated assault conviction, the punishment can be far more severe. If you’ve been charged with aggravated assault or battery, you want an attorney who knows how to prepare a strong defense in what will likely be the most important case of your life. Before you speak to the police, get in touch with an experienced assault attorney from The Law Offices of Ossie Brown.
Since 1984, our attorneys have obtained many positive defense outcomes in local, state, and federal courts, and we are ready to do the same for you. Before you talk to the police, talk to us. Learn what makes aggravated assault charges so serious, and find out how a knowledgeable attorney can make the difference in defending these cases.
Simple assault is generally considered to be the act of intentionally causing another person to be in fear of incoming physical harm. Physically injuring the person is not required; instead, the individual only needs to be reasonably afraid of imminent physical harm. Often, simple assault tends to be a misdemeanor charge. In Louisiana, simple assault is described as “an assault committed without a dangerous weapon,” for which the convicted “shall be fined not more than two hundred dollars, or imprisoned for not more than ninety days, or both.”
On the other hand, aggravated assault is considered a much more serious offense. In the instance of an aggravated assault, an attempt is made to cause physical injury to another person without regard for human life. Typically, an aggravated assault is a felony that carries harsher sentencing and liability than simple assault. The aggravating factor can include the use of a weapon or attacking a victim whose status is legally protected, such as an on-duty police officer.
In addition, the degree of bodily injury sustained by a victim can elevate the charge from simple assault to aggravated. If the assault led to permanent injury or disfigurement, it can be considered aggravated. The same can be true for an assault that led to a life-threatening injury. There are several scenarios that can lead to an aggravated assault charge. But the main thing to remember is that these charges are serious, and you should want a serious aggravated assault attorney on your side.
In addition to assault, battery is another charge that can bring severe legal consequences. It is recognized as non-consensual, intentionally harmful or offensive contact. Like assault, there are also simple and aggravated forms of battery. Battery may often be paired with assault charges.
If you are facing charges relating to an aggravated assault or battery, don’t face them alone, and don’t settle for anything less than a strong defense. At The Law Offices of Ossie Brown, our attorneys can review your case and develop sound legal strategies to help you move forward. They have an in-depth understanding of the law and its application, and they can fight to help you regain your freedom and your future. Take advantage of a free initial consultation by calling or sending us a message to set up your appointment today.