Have you been accused of Assault & Battery?
Facing any arrest is lifechanging, being handcuffed and processed through the Alabama court system is something that no one ever wants to have to face. It can be humiliating, embarrassing and heartbreaking. Aside from the emotional toll that something like this takes on a person, there are also residual effects. How will this arrest affect your education or employment? how will it affect your family? and most importantly, how will it affect your future?
Degree Of Assault
There are various degrees of assault and each one carries a distinct set of penalties, below is a short summary of some of the elements included in the charges:
- 1st Degree: Includes the use of a Deadly Weapon, the intention to disfigure, an extreme indifference to a human life. It may also occur during the course of a crime or driving under the influence. First degree is considered a felony and the accused can face anywhere from two to up to twenty years in prison in addition to fines and penalties.
- 2nd Degree: Intent to cause serious injury, may also use a deadly weapon, or reckless intent with the use of a deadly weapon. A second degree assault is also considered a Felony and can result in a prison term of anywhere from two to seven years in prison.
- 3rd Degree: Similar to 1st and 2nd with the addition of negligence, recklessness, and intentional harm. A third degree assault is considered a misdeamenor and can result is a jail sentence of up to 180 days.
It is important to keep in mind that the above is not legal advice and is not a guarantee that an accused will not receive more fines and penalties. There is always a possibility, depending how agregious the assault allegedly was, you may face additional charges and fines.
Get Help With Your Criminal Defense
Because each arrest is unique and each individual set of circumstances is different, it is important to seek out the advice of an experienced Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyer who can go over you case with you, review all of the details surrounding your arrest and provide you with in depth information as to how you may be able to defend yourself.