While most people know that assault is unlawful in Ohio, many are unaware that a person does not actually have to physically attack someone in order to be charged with this offense. In fact, a person can be charged with assault without even making contact with another person. Whether assault is charged as a misdemeanor or a felony offense depends on the specific circumstances of a case, so if you were recently accused of assault, it is important to contact an experienced Dayton assault lawyer who can evaluate your case and explain your legal options.
Ohio law divides assault into a number of different categories, including simple assault, felony assault, negligent assault, and aggravated assault. Simple assault is defined as knowingly causing or attempting to cause physical harm to, or recklessly causing serious physical harm to another person. It is important to note that acting knowingly is not the same thing as acting intentionally, but only requires knowledge that harm could result from a person’s actions. Reckless behavior, on the other hand, means that a person acted without regard as to whether a person would suffer harm as a result of his or her conduct. Simple assault is usually charged as a first degree misdemeanor, which could mean up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. However, misdemeanor assault charges could be enhanced to felony assault if the case involved an assault on:
An offense will automatically be charged as a felonious assault if the defendant is accused of knowingly causing, or attempting to cause serious physical harm to another person through the use of a deadly weapon. To qualify as a deadly weapon, an object need only be an instrument or device that is capable of inflicting death and was either designed or adapted for use as a weapon, or was possessed as a weapon. Under this definition, everything from a vehicle to a ballpoint pen could be considered a deadly weapon. These offenses are usually charged as second degree felonies, which are punishable by between two and eight years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
Aggravated assault is essentially a form of felonious assault that is committed while the accused was in an extreme emotional state and was provoked in some way by the other party. This offense is penalized less harshly than standard felonious assault, although it is still punishable by a prison term of up to six years and fines of $5,000.
The last form of assault in Ohio is negligent assault, which occurs when someone negligently causes physical harm to another person through the use of a deadly weapon. Negligent conduct involves a substantial lapse of due care, as a result of which, a person fails to avoid or perceive the risk that his or her conduct has on someone else. Like simple assault, negligent assault is a misdemeanor offense.
To speak with an experienced Dayton assault lawyer about defending yourself against a pending assault charge, please call The VanNoy Firm at (937) 952-5043 today.
Mr. VanNoy is The Definition of a SUPER LAWYER 👌🏽😁 I am Beyond SATISFIED With the Work he’s Done with my Case. I Can't Be More Happier with the Outcome of My legal Situation. Take My Word. He is Patient, Professional, And Determined to Fight for His Clients. please Hire Mr. VanNoy for Your Legal Issues. He will get the Job Done RIGHT! He helped me tremendously I’ve Never Met any Attorney Like him. 👌🏽❤️🙏🏽
If you’re looking for an awesome Attorney I highly recommend The VanNoy Law Firm. Anthony VanNoy did an awesome job representing my father. He is very professional, knowledgeable and a great individual. Everybody is kind, friendly, and welcoming at the firm. More importantly, he loves God and is a man of integrity this shows in the way he fights for what’s right for his clients. Thank you, I’m forever grateful!
VanNoy’s firm has helped my family and loved ones Tremendously. Special Thanks to Patricia Wilkerson, her determination and, Thoughtfulness has helped my family with a few cases. She goes above and beyond to help her clients. I Put Faith in the VanNoy team and they have yet to let me down! I highly recommend the VanNoys firm. If you need any legal advice don’t hesitate to call them. I recommend them. And I assure you, you won’t be disappointed.. Continue to let God use You All.. Stay blessed ✨
I have nothing bad at all to say about this man from the beginning to the end of my case the way he handled himself was very laid back soft-spoken but Is heard when he speak very professional and take the time to talk to you and explain things so that you understand I pray I’ll never need another lawyer but if I do it will be Mr. VanNoy once again thanks for your help.
I couldn't be happier with the outcome of my case. From the first time I met with my team to our last interaction, I always felt like I wasn't a number or a case, I was a person. The whole team was professional, responsive to my calls and concerns, and fought for the outcome I deserved. They even sent me an Ele cupcake for my birthday. I recommend this firm to everyone I know and will return if I ever need services in the future!
I am giving this firm a five-star rating for two reasons. First is the professional way in which I was treated. Every person I spoke with at this firm was professional and extremely courteous. I felt as though I was being treated as a natural person and NOT just a client. In many professional settings, clients are treated as such clients. Therefore they are held at arm's length. This gives off the impression a client is just a number, and there is a coldness and sterility to the service. I was NOT treated in this manner at the Vannoy Firm.…
Anthony VanNoy is an absolutely top-notch attorney. From start to finish, my case was handled with empathy, efficiency, and utter professionalism. The outcome was better than I'd dared to hope for and I cannot recommend him or his firm highly enough.
I first want to thank the staff and the company itself I work with Brittany and Patricia and it was so smooth on my end they took care of everything. They had no problem working with me even when I live the incident happened in a different state. Very very professional in my eyes and my family’s.
Keara Dever took the initiative to advocate for me in my very difficult situation. When no one else would listen to me, she did. She was very supportive and understanding and I am very appreciative for her services. She went above and beyond what I would have ever expected. Thank you so much Mrs. Dever. And by the way, she is AWESOME!!! Carl. M
Great experience and I would recommend to anyone in need of counsel for any civil/ Legal matter. They have people that specialized in certain areas and they can give you information or tell you which way you need to go with the case. I had a great experience and my friend called last week and the same professional help was given! Call them you won't be sorry!
Make a consultation with our expert team to solve your problems.
Fill out the form below to schedule a consultation.