Ohio Assault And Battery Defense
Serious Representation For Serious Allegations
Law enforcement officials don’t always want to hear your side of the story. So if you’ve been arrested for assault and battery, you need an experienced assault defense lawyer who can challenge the evidence and make sure that the court considers your version of events.
Assault & Battery charges can lead to legal penalties that affect every area of your life – including your freedom. Depending on the severity of the offense, a conviction of these charges may result in anything from jail time to trouble finding employment and housing. These severe consequences underscore the importance of having a skilled assault crime attorney on your side.
Mahaffey & Associates, LLC defends clients just like you across Toledo and the greater Northwest Ohio area. Our firm takes a proactive and diligent approach that has led to favorable outcomes in misdemeanor and felony assault cases time and time again.
What Should You Do If You’ve Been Charged With Assault & Battery In Ohio?
If you find yourself in a situation where you have been charged with assault, it’s imperative to get in contact with an attorney as soon as possible.
The experience of being arrested is often incredibly stressful. When your future hangs in the balance of your interaction with police officers, it’s crucial to try and remain calm and composed. Unfortunately, the circumstances that lead to accusations of Assault & Battery often cause people to be in a state of distress before police ever arrive on the scene.
Unfortunately, trying to explain the situation to law enforcement officers can leave you incredibly vulnerable to harsher outcomes. While many people do what they can to set the record straight, it’s often best to exercise your right to remain silent until you have an assault and battery defense lawyer to help present your side of the story.
We Can Defend You Against A Range Of Charges
At Mahaffey & Associates, LLC, we provide services for clients needing the support of an assault and battery attorney to challenge a variety of charges, including:
- Assault & Battery
- Domestic Assault
- Sexual Assault
- Vehicular Assault
- Negligent Homicide
- Child Abuse
- Aggravated Assault or Felonious Assault
- And more…
We’re ready to get to work for you to make sure that you receive a fair review of your case. What’s more, we’ll use our expertise in plea negotiations and the legal process to mitigate any of the potential consequences of a conviction.
What Are The Consequences Of Assault And Battery In Ohio?
An assault conviction can lead to serious jail or prison time and affect child custody proceedings or hamper employment or college eligibility. What’s more, a felony conviction will result in loss of civil rights, including the right to vote or possess firearms. Finally, there are enhanced penalties for the use of a deadly weapon, infliction of serious injury, or prior convictions.
- Simple Assault – When a person commits offenses that the state views as reckless. You may also be charged with simple assault in Ohio if it appears that you knew your actions could harm another person or their unborn child.
- As a first-degree misdemeanor offense, penalties for a conviction of this charge can result in up to six months in jail and $1,000 in fines.
- Negligent Assault – Often charged when someone is injured via alleged actions that were not performed with the intent to cause harm.
- As a third-degree misdemeanor offense, penalties for a conviction can result in up to 60 days in jail and $500 in fines.
- Felony Assault – When someone causes serious injury to another person. You can also be charged with negligent assault if you are accused of hurting or attempting to harm someone with a dangerous weapon.
- As a second-degree felony, penalties for a conviction of this charge can result in up to eight years in prison and $15,000 in fines.
- As a first-degree felony offense, penalties for a conviction of this charge can result in up to 11 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.
- Aggravated Assault – This charge is similar to felonious assault in that it alleges that you caused serious injury or you attempted to cause serious injury with a dangerous weapon.
However, Ohio law differentiates aggravated assault as a slightly lesser offense than felony assault as it is an assault that occurs when someone is “under the influence of sudden passion or a sudden fit of rage”.
- As a fourth-degree felony, penalties for a conviction of this charge can result in up to six years in prison and $5,000 in fines.
Do You Need An Attorney If You’ve Been The Victim Of Assault Battery In Ohio?
The state will prosecute against any reasonable charge of assault and battery, so victims rarely need a lawyer. However, if you have any questions about assault and battery charges, or need to change a statement that you have made to the police, please don’t hesitate to contact our office for a complimentary consultation.
Limiting The Impact Of Assault Charges
You can be charged with assault even if you did not initiate an altercation. Luckily, the court will consider defenses and mitigating circumstances, such as provocation, self-defense, and intoxication of the victim.
Our experienced criminal defense lawyers will make every effort to help you avoid a conviction. You may qualify for a deferred sentence or a program that keeps this charge off your record in exchange for probation. Alternatively, we may be able to get your charges reduced to a non-felony offense. And we are always prepared to fight the charges at trial when your freedom is at stake.
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For proven assault and battery defense, contact us online or call (419) 827-5008 for a free consultation. We have offices in Sylvania, Toledo, and Northwood, OH, and we accept all major credit cards.
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