Assault defines the infliction of severe bodily injury on any human being with willful intent. Aggravated assault defines the same action but includes the use of a deadly weapon. Depending on the severity of the assault and the charges brought against the accused, the consequences may include more than one penalty. The Cochran Firm Criminal Defense attorneys are highly knowledgeable and experienced in defending clients who have been accused of assault and aggravated assault.
What is Assault/Aggravated Assault?
If you have intentionally caused bodily harm to another human being, touched another human being in a way that caused harm, or entered a home without permission with the intent to cause harm to an occupant you can be charged with assault.
The elements that make an act aggravated assault may include any attempt to seriously injure another person using a deadly weapon. It may also include purposely causing serious injury to another person by using a deadly weapon. In most states, aggravated assault is considered a more serious offense than assault.
Consequences for an Assault Conviction
The consequences for being convicted of assault or aggravated assault charges vary depending on the circumstances surrounding your individual case. Typically, one or more of the following charges are brought:
- Prison sentence
- Significant fines
- Loss of the right to own any weapons
- Mandatory anger management classes
Defense Against an Assault/Aggravated Assault Charge
Assault and aggravated assault are serious charges associated with violent crime. In order to successfully defend a client accused of either of these offenses, The Cochran Firm Criminal Defense team will exercise their greatest resources and experience in order to protect and defend you. Some of the strategies that may be employed in your defense include:
- Showing insufficient evidence
- Showing motivation by defense of self, property, or others
- Proving there was no practicable threat in the defendant’s action
- Proving unfounded fear
- Proving factual innocence
Being charged with assault/aggravated assault is very serious and can affect not only your immediate freedom and reputation, but the rest of your life. Conviction of assault/aggravated assault can damage your social status and your future ability to obtain gainful employment.
If you have been charged with assault or aggravated assault, then you owe it to yourself to speak with The Cochran Firm Criminal Defense lawyers. Our experience and resources enable us to provide our clients with exceptional skills in defense against the charges brought against them. Please contact The Cochran Firm Criminal Defense attorneys today to discuss your case. We have Maryland and Virginia assault lawyers for your state-specific needs.