Defending Against Charges of Assault
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Baltimore City
The Law Offices of Marc G. Snyder
229 N. Howard Street, Suite 201
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Baltimore County
The Law Offices of Marc G. Snyder
The Woodholme Center
1829 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208

Prince George's County
The Law Offices of Marc G. Snyder
8713 Greenbelt Road
Greenbelt, MD 20770

Main Office:   (410) 528-1177
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Criminal Defense Attorney - Maryland Assault Defense Lawyer

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If You Are Charged With Assault in Maryland

Assault is one of the most common criminal charges filed in Maryland. The circumstances surrounding an assault charge can range from an argument between two strangers to the much more common instances of domestic violence. The State of Maryland takes such matters very seriously, and a conviction for assault can result in extended periods of incarceration. This is why it is so important to be represented by an attorney who will put in the time and effort necessary to achieve your desired results.

If you have been charged with assault and/or battery, you may be facing serious penalties. The odds will be stacked against you as prosecution and law enforcement team up to convict you. If you involve a highly skilled Baltimore criminal defense attorney as early in the process as possible, however, you have a much better chance of reducing the damage to your life through a reduced charge, alternative sentencing or an acquittal. Some cases are dismissed before they make it into court if our defense team identifies procedural errors or violations of rights. We can provide clients with the experienced legal representation necessary to get them through their legal situation with the fewest negative consequences possible.

Assault Under Maryland Law

In Maryland, "Assault" is defined as, “the attempted touching of another person, without that person;s consent, and includes the act of placing someone in fear of an intentional touching.

"Battery" is defined as, "the unlawful and offensive touching of another person without that persons consent."

Read these definitions carefully. For assault to be charged, someone need not actually be touched. It is the perception of the “victim” that an offensive touching is going to happen. Circumstances can include the threatening of another with a gun, knife, or less obvious "weapon" such as a cell phone.

There are two common Assault charges filed in Maryland, First Degree Assault and Second Degree Assault.

First Degree Assault

"First Degree Assault" is charged when someone causes "serious physical injury to another." As you can see, for someone to be charged with First Degree Assault, the victim must have been actually injured, and those injuries must be considered serious.

"Serious Physical Injury" has been found to include, "a substantial risk of death, or permanent or protracted serious disfigurement or the loss of the function of any bodily member or organ, or impairment of any bodily member or organ."

Second Degree Assault

"Second Degree Assault" is charged when it is determined that the victim has suffered, "physical injury" which has been found to include minor injuries, and even impairment of someone's physical condition."

In addition to actually being touched, someone can be a victim of second degree assault if they were placed in "a reasonable fear of imminent bodily harm." Common examples include if someone holds an object in a threatening way and the "victim" reasonable believed they were going to be imminently injured with that weapon.

The Circumstances Are Critical - Investigation is Everything

As you can see, the circumstances leading to the charge of assault are very important and can determine which charges are filed, and what kind of defense a lawyer will employ.

Because circumstances are everything when it comes to defending against a charge of assault, the investigation of the what happened is incredibly important. An experienced investigator will be able to tell what happened and what facts led to the charges being filed. The right investigator can locate and speak with witnesses who may hold the key to your entire defense, let alone your freedom.

When hiring a criminal defense lawyer to fight your charges of assault, make sure they have their own investigator and are prepared to do whatever it takes to find the real facts and circumstances surrounding your case. In many cases, it is the word of a witness that sets our client free.

Maryland Assault Penalties and Sentence Guidelines

Assault - 1st Degree Maximum — 25 years in Prison
Assault - 2nd Degree Maximum — 10 years; Fine—$2,500
Assault—Reckless Endangerment Maximum — 5 years
Assault on Law Enforcement Officer Maximum — 10 years
Assault — Attempted Poisoning Maximum — 10 years; Minimum — 2 years
Assault — Poisoning by water/food contamination Maximum - 20 years

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