Warrick County Assault & Battery Lawyer
Facing Assault & Battery Charges?
In situations where a person fears for their safety, the penalties surrounding those laws can be severe. Prosecutors often use the argument that a dangerous person needs to be kept away from others, so they fight for harsh sentences.
If you were charged with assault or battery, it is crucial that you get the representation you need to protect yourself. At Mathies Law, our team understands what it takes to build a strong defense and help you avoid a conviction.
Assault vs Battery
While assault and battery are usually mentioned together, assault is only a threat of violence while battery is an actual attack. A conviction of battery could carry a jail sentence of up to 180 days or more depending on the severity of the victim's injuries.
Like most criminal charges, there is usually more to the story than the police report contains. During your free consultation, we can go over the charges and evidence filed against you. Our team may be able to uncover mistakes made by prosecutors and law enforcement that could help your position.
Possible Assault and Battery Defense Strategies
- The allegations are false and only being made to hurt your credibility
- The alleged victim exaggerated their claims
- Any contact was consensual
Remember, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. While your accusers may try to make you out to be a villain, Mathies Law can stand up for your rights and help you avoid a conviction.
Indiana Assault & Battery Penalties
Due to the potentially severe nature of the crimes of assault and battery, the penalties for such a conviction can be strict. There can be a variety of factors, including the injuries sustained by the victim, that can affect the severity of the penalties assessed if convicted.
Here are a few examples of common charges based on Indiana code § 35-42-2-1 and their corresponding penalties.
Class B Misdemeanor: If the offense did not result in any physical harm, the penalties could include:
- Up to 180 days in jail
- $1,000 in fines
Class A Misdemeanor: If the offense resulted in minor physical harm, the penalties could include:
- Up to 1 year in jail
- $5,000 in fines
Level 6 Felony: If the offense was committed against a person under 14 years old, an on-duty Public Safety Official, an Endangered Adult, etc. or if the victim suffered moderated physical harm, the penalties could include:
- Up to 3 years in prison
- Up to $10,000 in fines
Level 5 Felony: If the offense was committed using a deadly weapon or if the victim suffered serious physical harm, the penalties could include:
- Up to 6 years in prison
- Up to $10,000 in fines
If the crime committed resulted in serious bodily injury or death, the charges could be increased to a higher level felony and the penalties could include up to 20 years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
Reputable Defense for Your Future
Boonville assault and battery attorney Warren Mathies has earned a reputation for outstanding representation and was rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell®. Our team understands the difficulties our clients face. You do not have to fight your charges alone. Call our office today and schedule a free consultation to go over your case. Our priority is to ensure you get the representation you need to protect your future.
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