Generally speaking an assault occurs when an action or a threat places someone in imminent fear of bodily injury or death. Battery occurs when there is a physical touching of the victim. Some defenses to these crimes are self-defense, defense of others and defense of property. I have defended clients charged with a variety of assault and battery charges including:
- Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
- Aggravated battery with a deadly weapon
- Domestic violence
- Disorderly conduct
If a deadly weapon is involved, there are mandatory guidelines that a court will follow when sentencing you on an assault and battery charge. I have extensive experience helping clients understand the guidelines and how these guidelines will affect their case.
Domestic violence charges can carry serious penalties that can affect you long into the future. How might a domestic violence conviction impact a future child custody proceeding? If you have been arrested or are being charged with a domestic disturbance, I can help you protect your interests when facing these complicated matters.
Often times, domestic violence charges result because a police officer has failed to use his discretion. As a result, family conflicts can turn into criminal charges. Ultimately, it is the prosecutor or State Attorney who charges the crime. I will do everything I can within the letter of the law to prevent charges from being filed. If charges do get filed, I will work hard to get them dismissed.