Respond Strategically To Assault And Battery Charges
It’s easier to get charged with assault and/or battery than many of us realize. A gesture as simple as touching another person can result in an assault charge; even the mere threat of violence – with no physical action at all – can count as assault in some cases.
For this reason, many charges of assault and battery can be traced back to minor disagreements and altercations that have had consequences that spun out of control. If you have been unfairly accused of violence, it’s important to stand up for your legal rights and your reputation. And even if you did engage in a violent act during a heated moment, you have a right to ensure that the consequences for your actions are not disproportionate to the offense.
At Dobson Law Firm, PLLC, we will work with you to protect your rights, your reputation and your freedom. Based on the specific circumstances of the incident in question, we will design a legal strategy tailored to help you achieve the best outcome available in your case.
Assault And Battery Take Many Forms
Under North Carolina’s laws, assault and battery are divided into several distinct charges:
- Simple assault: Usually charged when there are no injuries and the accused did not use a weapon. There is no requirement for direct physical contact.
- Simple battery: This charge is a common result of nonconsensual physical contact, such as a tap or a shove. This category typically includes minor injuries.
- Assault on a female: This is charged when a male over the age of 18 initiates unwanted physical contact with a female.
- Assault inflicting serious injury: This form of assault usually includes the use of a deadly weapon in a deliberate attempt to harm another person.
- Sexual assault and battery: This charge is used when the defendant has allegedly used force and/or a weapon to initiate unwanted sexual contact. This does not require that sexual intercourse occur. Touching a body part for the purpose of being aroused is sufficient. This is frequently seen in cases that involve domestic violence.
- Habitual misdemeanor assault: This can be charged if a person violates any of the provisions of G.S. 14-33 (misdemeanor assaults and batteries) and causes physical injury or G.S. 14-34 (assaulting by pointing a gun) and has two or more prior convictions for either misdemeanor or felony assault within 15 years of the incident
Learn More About Assault And Battery Charges At A Free Initial Consultation
If you’ve been charged with assault, battery or another violent crime, it’s in your best interests to secure legal representation as quickly as possible. To schedule a free initial consultation with our firm, call 984-297-0075 or contact our office by email.
From our office in Raleigh, we represent clients throughout central North Carolina.