Farmington Hills Assault & Battery Attorney
Defense Law Firm Serving Oakland County & All of Michigan Since 2002
Sometimes, a person can find themselves facing charges of assault or battery when they least expect it. Something as simple as self-defense can cause a person to receive criminal charges. For example, if someone pushes another person who is trying to harm them, and the aggressor falls, the person who was originally being threatened may be charged. In other situations, inaccurate witness testimony might label someone as a participant in a fight that they were not a part of.
No matter what circumstances surround your assault and battery charges, it is vital you get the assistance of a Farmington Hills assault defense attorney. Since 2002, I’ve helped people throughout Michigan fight for their rights. I treat every client like family, fighting to protect their rights as if the case were my own. You deserve an attorney who is concerned about your long-term needs, and my track record demonstrates that I understand what my clients need to move forward.
Find out I can help you by calling (248) 599-0054. Consultation is free, and I am always ready to explore your options during this difficult time.
The Difference Between Assault & Battery Charges in Michigan
Michigan treats assault and battery charges seriously. Even if a person is not charged with anything else, they are facing the risk of time in jail and expensive fines. Typically, many people associate assault and battery as being the same crime. However, these charges are two different charges to address two different scenarios. First, assault is an attempt or threat to injure another person. So, someone who threatens someone or attempts to injure them and fails will face assault charges. Battery occurs when a person physically harms someone with intentional and nonconsensual physical force.
Penalties for Assault & Battery in Michigan
Michigan law charges assault as a misdemeanor crime. While penalties for assault vary based on circumstances and who was assaulted, the maximum penalty for assault is up to 93 days in jail and a fine of up to $500. Assault and battery charges are levied against individuals who cause harm to another person without the use of a weapon. Punishments for this type of assault include up to a year in jail and up to $1,000 in fines.
Assault is charged as a felony when a person uses a weapon to threaten another person. However, the use of this weapon must be without the intent to murder or inflict great bodily harm on the victim. This crime is punishable by up to 4 years in prison and fines up to $2,000. Assault and battery charges vary for domestic charges. When a person has two or more prior domestic assault convictions, they face up to two years in prison, a $5,000 fine, probation for up to 5 years, and the payment of restitution to victims.
Assault & Battery Crimes Against Certain Victims
The state of Michigan protects certain classes of people with stronger penalties if they’re the victims of assault and battery: public utility workers, family independence agency employees, pregnant women, medical workers, police officers, and other groups of people. Assault and battery of protected groups is charged as a felony.
Why You Need a Farmington Hills Assault & Battery Defense Attorney
Those who are facing assault and battery charges need the help of an attorney as soon as possible. Conviction could lead to heavy fines and long sentences, and conviction of assault can make it more likely that you’ll be arrested in the future. People with assault and battery charges on their record may have trouble finding a place to live, obtaining work, and accomplishing other basic life tasks.
The American legal system is harsh, especially for people who don’t have lawyers. Some reports indicate that those who represent themselves in court only win some types of cases 50 percent of the time, while those with legal representation have a 90 percent success rate. With nearly two decades of experience, I am ready to help you face serious charges of assault or battery. Every person deserves to have their rights protected, and I will explore every aspect of your case to construct an effective defense for your future.
Call me now for a free and confidential consultation at (248) 599-0054. I offer payment plans and flat fees so all clients can afford to have the representation they need and deserve.