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If you’re facing assault charges in the Richmond metropolitan area, don’t wait to obtain experienced legal representation. A Henrico County Assault lawyer can work with you to design an effective defense plan and fight to uphold your rights in court. It may be tempting to represent yourself or work with court-appointed counsel, but there are a number of advantages to hiring a private assault lawyer in Henrico County.
Even the most minor assault charges can result in a criminal record. When you decide to work with a Henrico County assault lawyer, however, you are making an investment in a better personal and professional future. Our experienced defense attorneys have handled numerous assault cases in Henrico County and throughout Virginia, and they provide a number of invaluable services to clients, including:
The best way for us to get to know your case is to call in and conduct a free initial consultation with our legal team. Speak with a Henrico County assault lawyer to learn more.
Assault in Virginia is a criminal offense defined as the threat or use of force that gives another person reasonable fear of harm. The term “battery” is often used interchangeably with assault, and the two terms used together – “assault and battery” – more accurately describe the “offer of harm” or threat of harm, the assault, with the actual offensive or harmful contact, the battery. Virginia Code Section 18.2-57.
Examples of assault offenses include a variety of crimes, including:
There are other offenses that often include the elements of assault and/or battery, such as child abuse and assault with weapons. These offenses are more properly characterized under their own headings.
In Virginia, simple assault as well as assault and battery are criminal offenses, class 1 misdemeanors, punishable by up to 12 months’ incarceration and/or up to up to $2,500 in fines. Sections 18.2-11(a) and 18.2-57. A class 1 misdemeanor reporting on a criminal record can have serious consequences beyond exposure to incarceration and fines.
Virginia’s criminal code recognizes circumstances that aggravate simple assault and assault and battery into more serious crimes, such as:
Virginia has also enacted assault offenses that provide enhanced penalties for acts that threaten or cause harm to certain classes of individuals:
The enhanced-penalty assault crimes, whether felonies or misdemeanors, almost always carry mandatory minimum periods of incarceration. These are serious charges and require excellent representation by an experienced defense lawyer.
If you are accused of assault in Henrico County, or anywhere in Virginia, you have rights and are entitled to a vigorous defense. A Henrico County assault lawyer is prepared to secure and protect your rights and provide the representation you deserve. Call today to set up a free consultation.
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