Assault & Battery

Assault & Battery

Experienced Dayton Battery Attorneys

Assault and battery charges should never be taken lightly.
These are serious offenses, and if you are convicted, you can face significant consequences.

The crimes of assault and battery are fairly well known as criminal charges you might face if you get into a fight with someone. But not many people know that you do not have to make physical contact with someone else, nor do you even have to have the intention of causing physical harm to another in order to be charged with assault. Assault can be committed by accident if you acted or recklessly conducted yourself.

Assault and battery charges are a serious matter because they can be either misdemeanor or felony level offenses depending on the particular circumstances surrounding the assault. If you are facing assault and battery charges in Ohio, you need to speak with an experienced assault and battery criminal defense attorney at your earliest convenience.

What Are Assault and Battery?

Generally speaking, an assault is committed when a person causes or attempts to cause harm to another. The crime of battery involves the intentional or negligent offensive physical contact or bodily harm between one person and another. Assault exists in several forms:

  • Simple assault. Simple assault involves a person knowingly causing or trying to cause physical harm to another or, alternatively, recklessly causing serious physical harm to another.
  • Negligent assault. When physical harm is caused to a victim through the negligent use of a deadly weapon, the person who committed the harm could be held liable for negligent assault.
  • Felony assault. Felony assault occurs when someone seriously harms another person or attempts to seriously harm someone with a deadly weapon.
  • Aggravated assault. Aggravated assault is the same as felony assault, except aggravated assault requires that the assault was done while under the influence of sudden passion or during a fit of rage.

Potential Defenses to Assault and Battery Charges

There are a number of legitimate defenses that can be raised to assault and battery charges in Ohio. Once you consult with an experienced assault and battery criminal defense attorney, your lawyer will be able to help you identify which potential defenses may be available to you. Whether or not a particular defense is available to you in your particular case will depend on your specific circumstances and the fact surrounding your case. A few potential defenses to assault and battery charges include:

  • You acted in self-defense to protect yourself from a physical attack.
  • You acted in defense of someone else.
  • You acted to defend against the invasion of your property or against the illegal taking of your property.
  • You had consent from the alleged victim to act in the way that you did.

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Reach out to the experienced assault and battery attorneys at The VanNoy Firm to speak to one of our team members about preparing your assault and battery defense. You need to fight to defend your rights. Contact us today to discuss your particular circumstances.

Getting into a fight with someone can lead to assault and battery charges. But you do not necessarily have to purposely intend to inflict harm on someone in order to be charged with assault and battery.

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