PENALTIES FOR ASSAULT
An assault charge can have major implications if successfully proven. The penalties for assault include both lengthy prison sentences and heavy fines. For example, a conviction for Assault 1 is punishable by a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $50,000 fine. Penalties also increase if the assault was done in connection with domestic violence or takes place against a child. Further, a conviction means you will have a criminal record – which can cause damaging results on its own.
LEGAL DEFENSES TO ASSAULT CHARGES
There are three main defenses to an assault charge. The first relates to an accused’s intent. Remember that assault is the intentional infliction of unwanted harm. If an accused can show that he never intended for his act to cause a fear of harm, an assault charge can likely be dismissed or dropped.
The remaining two defenses involve self-defense and the defense of another. That is, an accused can try to dismiss an assault charge by showing:
- He was acting in self-defense; or,
- He was acting in defense of another person.
Criminal charges in Washington must be taken seriously. They can have profound impacts on a host of different areas in your life – including your children, job, family, loved ones, and liberties. If you’re facing an assault charge, get real help that makes a difference.
The criminal defense firm of Black Law has been providing clients with proven results for years. Our attorneys have over two decades of combined experience in delivering success stories to clients. They have unwavering skills and tested knowledge with assault charges. Please contact them today for help. You’ll never regret it.