Under Maryland law, many different criminal offenses can be classified as assault. Assault and battery refers to the threat or force used to instill harm on the other individual. Assault involves intentional or attempted actions that result in serious injury to another person, and in some cases, with the use of a firearm. Battery involves the actual violence invoked, which typically results in physical injury.
Types of Assault & Associated Penalties
First Degree Assault
This the most serious type in the state and it takes place when an individual causes severe injury to another. Penalties for a first-degree assault conviction can include a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.
Second Degree Assault
Assault in the second degree involves causing any form of physical injury to another person. It carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and $2,500 in fines.
Reckless endangerment is a type of assault and battery that encompasses conduct that creates a high risk of death to others involved. Penalties include a maximum of 5 years in prison.
Assault on Law Enforcement Officer
Charges for attacking, striking or for any kind of minor physical conduct with an officer of the law can result in up to 10 years in prison.
Convictions for any type of assault and battery crime can substantially change your life. Rather than letting a public defender attempt to handle this situation, our firm can help you devise an effective defense strategy. Many assault and battery cases can be defended against as acts of self-defense.
If you have been charged with assault, your first act should be to contact a Salisbury criminal attorney from Anthenelli, Phoebus & Hickman, LLC to help you. We can help devise a defense strategy to improve your circumstance and fight the charges brought against you. With a history of obtaining positive case results as experienced trial lawyers, our legal team serves the entire Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland including Somerset County, Wicomico County, and Worcester County.
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