Disputes can arise between strangers or even friends and family members that get quickly out of hand. Unfortunately, your actions in response to perceived slights or disagreements could end up resulting in criminal charges. Assault and battery charges in Ohio are a serious matter. They can leave you facing a permanent criminal record and may result in penalties that include heavy fines and a lengthy jail sentence.
Under the Ohio Revised Code, assault is defined as either causing or attempting to cause harm to another person or an unborn child. These charges can stem out of violent altercations, in which one person pushes, punches, or otherwise gets physical with another. They can also arise in situations in which threats are made.
Battery is a similar crime that involves actually causing harm to others, either intentionally or recklessly. Previously categorized separately, battery is included under assault charges in Ohio and in the Montgomery County Criminal Court. There are five basic levels of assault and battery charges that determine the severity of the penalties you face:
At the VanNoy Firm, we provide the aggressive legal representation you need when facing assault and battery charges in Ohio. Call or contact our Dayton criminal defense lawyers online today to request a consultation.
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