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Assault & Battery

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Aggressive Defense for Violent Crime Charges

Assault and battery are two separate crimes, but they are often charged together. Assault is the act of threatening to cause physical harm to another person, while battery is the act of actually causing physical harm to another person. Both crimes are considered violent crimes and are taken very seriously by the courts.

At Lopez, Severt & Pratt Co., L.P.A., our Troy assault and battery lawyers have extensive experience defending clients against these charges. We understand the potential consequences you face and will work to build a strong defense on your behalf.

For a consultation with one of our experienced Troy assault & battery attorneys, call (937) 400-3170 or contact us online.

What Is the Difference Between Assault & Battery?

Assault and battery are two separate crimes, but they are often charged together. Assault is the act of threatening to cause physical harm to another person, while battery is the act of actually causing physical harm to another person. Both crimes are considered violent crimes and are taken very seriously by the courts.

In Ohio, battery refers to the intentional causing of physical harm to another person. It is a criminal offense classified under assault laws. Physical harm or offensive contact is the result of battery, which is the deliberate use of force or violence against someone. Ohio law distinguishes between degrees of assault offenses, with varying degrees of severity and corresponding penalties.

At Lopez, Severt & Pratt Co., L.P.A., our Troy assault and battery lawyers have extensive experience defending clients against these charges. We understand the potential consequences you face and will work to build a strong defense on your behalf.

Penalties for Assault in Ohio

In Ohio, assault offenses carry varying penalties depending on the degree of the charge.

  • Simple Assault: Simple assault, typically charged as a misdemeanor, can result in penalties such as fines and a maximum jail term of six months. A person commits this offense when he or she knowingly causes or attempts to cause physical harm to another or causes the other to believe they are in imminent danger.
  • Aggravated Assault: Aggravated assault is a more serious offense, often charged as a felony. Penalties for aggravated assault are more severe due to factors such as the use of weapons, causing serious harm, or the victim's status (e.g., a peace officer or elderly person). There are several types of felony penalties, including substantial fines and imprisonment. The duration of the punishment depends on the level of the felony.
  • Degrees of Felony Assault: Ohio categorizes felony assault into various degrees, where the penalties for first-degree felonies are more severe compared to those for lower-degree felonies.The severity of the penalties is influenced by factors like the extent of injuries, whether a deadly weapon was used, and the relationship between the parties involved.

Facing assault charges in Ohio requires a complete understanding of the specific circumstances and applicable laws. Seeking legal counsel from an experienced Troy assault defense attorney is crucial to building a robust defense strategy tailored to the unique aspects of the case.

Penalties for Battery in Ohio

In Ohio, battery refers to the intentional infliction of physical harm on another person. The consequences for battery depend on the gravity of the offense and can encompass both monetary fines and periods of incarceration.

  • Simple Battery: An individual who intentionally harms or attempts to harm another person is charged with simple battery, which is typically a misdemeanor offense. Penalties for simple battery may include fines and a jail term of up to six months.
  • Aggravated Battery: Aggravated battery is a more serious offense, often classified as a felony. Factors that can elevate a battery offense to aggravated battery include the use of weapons, causing severe injuries, or assaulting a specific category of victims (e.g., law enforcement officers). As a felony, aggravated battery is punishable by substantial fines and imprisonment, which can range from months to years.

Navigating battery charges in Ohio requires a comprehensive understanding of the specific details surrounding the incident. Our experienced Troy battery defense attorneys can help you navigate the process. Contact us today.

For a consultation with one of our experienced Troy assault & battery attorneys, call (937) 400-3170 or contact us online.

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