Facing Criminal Charges For Assault And Battery
Assault and battery are two separate offenses which are often linked together.
- Assault refers to the threat of force or violence against a person without actual injury having been the result.
- Battery refers to the actual physical act of violence being committed on another person.
In Ohio, you can be charged with assault without having injured or physically made contact with someone. It may be enough for an assault charge if the alleged victim feels threatened by your gestures or body language.
A Link To Domestic Violence
Assault and battery are often linked with domestic violence and abuse as well. If an individual threatens or uses force with a spouse, former spouse, dating partner or someone the individual live with, it may result in charges of domestic violence as well as restraining orders, known as protective orders for the alleged victim.
Steep Consequences Can Follow
Depending on the facts of the case, which may include everything from the extent of injuries inflicted to whether a deadly weapon was used to commit the crime, charges for assault and battery may be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony. You could face the threat of jail or prison time, fines, court costs and, in some cases, a batterer’s intervention program. If a protective order is instated, you may even lose custody of your children or your right to visit them.
Talk To A Defense Attorney At Our Firm
Everyone — whether they’re facing assault and battery charges or allegations for another crime — has the right to legal counsel and a fair trial. At the Law Offices of Jason M. Donnell, LLC, we make sure these and other civil rights are honored by police and prosecutors during criminal investigations. We put the law on our clients’ side, providing them with the fullest protection of the law.