What is Assault?
An assault is the act of inflicting physical harm upon a person, or unwanted physical contact. Assaults can involve one, or more parties that are drunk, have been drinking, or who are under the influence or drugs. These cases all come down to the extent of injury to the injured party, whether or not one party was provoked or not, and the credibility of each of the parties. The parties to the assault will have their own version of what happened in the attack, and law enforcement will most likely have their own version as well. These cases will boil down to the credibility of each of the parties, along with the corroborating evidence from any witnesses present. Any video, photos, surveillance or recordings of the assault or the moments leading up to the assault will assist our assault lawyers with your case. This is why it’s very important for clients to preserve their records along with the names and any contact information of witnesses.
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A conviction for assault becomes part of your permanent criminal record. If you are convicted of another crime later on, the court can consider your prior conviction and could impose a harsher sentence in the new case. A violent crime conviction – even a misdemeanor – can hurt you when you are looking for a job or applying to rent a home. An experienced lawyer can determine whether you have any grounds for dismissal of the charges against you or explore options for a plea.
A knowledgeable attorney will take all of this into consideration, assist you in making decisions about your case, and protect your rights.
If you, a family member, or a loved one has fallen victim to an assault, feel free to contact us for your free consultation.