Assault And Battery
Grand Rapids Assault & Battery Lawyer
Fighting for the Accused in Kent, Allegan & Ottawa Counties
Many types of assault and battery exist under Michigan law. These offenses range from a simple misdemeanor assault to a felony assault to attempted murder. The penalties for these in a conviction will be determined by the nature of the offense, the extent of the harm done, and any history of criminal activity.
Depending on the circumstances, these penalties can affect the rest of your life. Not only will you be facing potential incarceration, heavy fines, restricted probations, and other court sanctions but the collateral damage of a permanent criminal record. Such a record can make it difficult to find jobs or housing, disqualify you for professional licenses and even affect your right to see your children in a divorce.
Even when you know you are innocent, you should never forego competent legal representation. Doing so may lead to unforeseen consequences that could affect your entire life. That is why we urge you to get essential advice about your case in a free initial consultation with our Grand Rapids assault and battery attorney. Attorney Ryan Maesen has successfully handled countless charges of this nature in state courts for the last 15 years.
Schedule your free case evaluation online or by phoning Ryan Maesen, PLC at (616) 201-3327.
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Assault and battery are two separate crimes under Michigan law. Assault is generally the lesser of the two because it involves an attempt to harm another and this attempt can be done without actually making contact with the person. For example, if you throw an object at the alleged victim with the intention to hit that person but miss, you can be accused of assault. This action must include putting the intended victim in fear of being struck which constitutes a threat of potential injury.
A battery is more serious because it involves actually making physical contact with the alleged victim. That contact can be personal or by using an object. Thus, you could be charged with battery by striking the person with your fist, with a club, or something else. You may even be charged with both assault and battery as two separate crimes when allegedly attacking someone.
The various types of assault and battery in Michigan can include the following:
- Simple assault and simple battery. These offenses are misdemeanors when no weapons were used.
- Aggravated assault and aggravated battery. These are charged when injuring the alleged victim.
- Domestic assault and battery. These are considered domestic violence crimes.
- Felony assault and felony battery. These are charged when deadly weapons were used but without the intention to kill or cause serious bodily harm.
- Assault with the intent to do great bodily harm less than murder. This is also a felony charge.
- Assault with intent to maim.
- Assault and battery with the intention to commit murder.
- Assault and battery against a person performing a duty such as law enforcement, emergency medical technicians, utility personnel, firefighters, and human services agency personnel.
Penalties can range from 93 days in jail to decades or life in prison along with fines, potential restitution to the alleged victim, and probation. Ensure you have an effective defense to increase your chances of a successful outcome by enlisting the services of Ryan Maesen, PLC. Our firm is devoted exclusively to defending clients against criminal charges with an aggressive defense plan.
“I needed a criminal attorney and I needed one fast. I only had two weeks until my first court appearance when I started my search. Mr. Maesen's name was one of several that came up on my search and I promptly called.” - Kelly
“Ryan is a knowledgeable, professional general law practice attorney. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of an attorney, particularly for real estate matters and criminal defense.” - Sharon
“Was facing a 25 to life CSC case. We tried it and we won. He has great trial skills and did a knockout job cross-examining my accuser.” - Richard