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Assault & Battery Charges Criminal Defense Attorney in Arlington VA

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Arlington, VA Assault & Battery Criminal Defense Attorney


While assault and battery are separate charges in many states, these offenses are charged in the same manner in Arlington and throughout Virginia. Many people believe these crimes are one and the same, however they are defined a bit differently. Considered common law crimes, assault is the act of intentionally creating fear in someone else that he or she will be harmed, such as a verbal threat or physical move regardless of whether you touch the person. On the other hand, battery is touching another person willfully or intentionally in a way that is insulting, vengeful, or angry without justification or legal excuse for doing so. It sounds a bit confusing, and it is. If you have been arrested for assault and/or battery, it is critical to consult with Arlington criminal defense attorney Elizabeth Tuomey at the Tuomey Law Firm.


Assault and Battery in Virginia


There are many situations in which someone may be charged with assault or battery. For instance, you may have been acting in self-defense, or involved in an altercation where two or more individuals were engaged in a physical fight. Perhaps you have been accused of assault and battery against a spouse, child, or other family or person who lives in your household. Unknowingly, you may have committed assault and battery against an officer of the law in the course of an arrest. There are too many scenarios to describe that could result in a person being charged with this offense. This is one reason it is so important to consult with a skilled criminal defense lawyer in Arlington when you have been arrested or are under investigation.


Virginia Criminal Penalties for Assault and Battery


Prosecutors and judges in the state are serious in their efforts to bring what they perceive as justice to those accused of assault or battery, regardless of whether the offense is sexual battery, domestic, against a law enforcement officer, or in another situation such as a bar brawl or fight. When convicted, the punishment is harsh and in some cases life-changing.


Depending on an individual's criminal history, the seriousness of the crime, and other factors you may be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor or Class 6 felony. Penalties may include a mandatory minimum of 30 days in jail to six months or one to five years behind bars, along with substantial fines. Additionally, if the assault charges involve a judge, law enforcement officer, teacher, guidance counselor, or healthcare provider a conviction may result in various prison terms with the most serious being five years in prison. Under certain circumstances the offender may face a six-month mandatory minimum jail sentence with no possibility of probation or parole.


Contact The Tuomey Law Firm Immediately


As you can see, assault and battery offenses are considered serious and punished harshly in the state of Virginia. Unfortunately, many people who are found guilty of these types of criminal offenses are innocent, forced to face punishment and damage to their careers, reputations, and futures for crimes they did not commit. Regardless of your situation it is important to seek capable legal guidance and support first and foremost. Arlington assault & battery defense attorney Elizabeth Tuomey is ready to help secure the positive results and justice you deserve. Contact the Tuomey Law Firm today by email, or call 703-535-5577 now for unparalleled legal representation.