An assault charge in the State of Maryland is a serious criminal offense because it carries possible jail time and/or a substantial fine. If you are found guilty of an assault crime, then you will have a criminal conviction on your record which you may have to report on future job or college applications. No matter how trivial the incident from which the assault charge arose may seem, it is a criminal charge that should not be taken lightly. An experienced Baltimore County criminal defense attorney can fight on your behalf to protect your rights and defend your freedom by getting the charge dismissed, reduced, or some other type of disposition that does not result in a criminal conviction being on your record.
Types of Assault Charges in Maryland
First-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and child abuse or child neglect are the four most common types of assault crimes that are charged in Baltimore County and throughout the State of Maryland.
First-degree assault is the most serious type of assault charge because it is a felony and carries the highest possible jail sentence and/or fine if you are convicted. A person commits a first-degree assault by intentionally causing or attempting to cause serious bodily injury to another person with or without a weapon and without legal justification. See Md. Code Criminal Law 3-202. The maximum penalty for first-degree assault is a period of incarceration of 25 years.
Generally speaking, a second-degree assault is causing or threatening to cause a harmful or offensive contact to the person of another without legal justification or consent. See Md. Code Criminal Law 3-203. Second-degree assault is a misdemeanor assault charge that carries a maximum possible penalty of 10 years and/or a fine of up to $2,500 if convicted.
Reckless endangerment is when a person recklessly engages in conduct that creates a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to another person. See Md. Code Criminal Law 3-204. Reckless endangerment is a misdemeanor offense which, if convicted, carries a maximum penalty of up to 5 years of incarceration and/or up to a $5,000.00 fine.
Child Abuse or Child Neglect
A person having permanent or temporary care or custody of a child or a person having responsibility for the supervision of a child commits child neglect if the person intentionally neglects the child by failing to provide necessary assistance and resources for the child’s physical needs or mental health that creates a substantial risk of harm to the child’s physical health or a substantial risk of mental injury to the child. See Md. Code Criminal Law 3-602.1.
Baltimore County, MD Assault Crimes Attorney
An assault charge should be taken seriously because of the potential consequences that may result from a conviction. If you are charged with an assault crime, our office can work closely with you to devise a defense strategy that will enable you to avoid a criminal conviction or, at the very least, minimize the possible consequences of a criminal conviction. Get the legal champion that you deserve by contacting our office today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney.
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