Assault Attorney

What is First-Degree Assault?

First-degree assault is a serious criminal offense that is committed when a person causes or attempts to cause a serious physical injury to another person without legal justification. Conduct that would normally be considered a second-degree assault that is coupled with the use of a firearm is also considered to be an assault in the first degree.

What is the Penalty for First-Degree Assault?

First-degree assault is a felony offense.  If convicted, a person faces a maximum penalty of up to 25 years incarceration.

What is Second-Degree Assault?

Second-degree assault is a serious criminal offense that is committed when a person causes or attempts to cause a harmful or offensive contact to another person that is not consented to nor legally justified.

What is the Penalty for Second-Degree Assault?

Civilian Victim.  If the victim is a civilian, then second-degree assault is a misdemeanor offense.  If convicted, a person faces a maximum penalty of a fine up to $2,500 and/or up to 10 years incarceration.

First Responder Victim.  If the victim is a first responder, then second-degree assault is a felony offense.  If convicted, a person faces a maximum penalty of a fine up to $5,000 and/or up to 10 years incarceration.

Possible Defenses to an Assault Charge

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Contact an Assault Attorney

Contact an award-winning assault attorney today if you or a loved one have been charged with the crime of assault.  With an office located in the heart of Towson, Maryland, we serve folks throughout Baltimore County, Maryland and surrounding nearby areas.  We offer free phone or office consultations, and we offer jail consultations for a fee.  Please use the form below to contact us and someone from our office will reach back out to you.

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