There are many situations and circumstances that may lead to assault charges being brought against you in Bessemer, NC. Because of the potential severity of the crime, it is imperative that you understand your rights and prepare a solid defense. Whether you’ve been charged with simple assault, aggravated assault, sexual assault, domestic violence, battery, or any other type, it is vital to seek the help of a skilled and qualified assault attorney who can walk you through the defense process.
Every person, no matter what crime they may be accused of, deserves to be treated with respect and dignity and has the right to fair representation. In cases of assault, the various facts and details surrounding the incident are usually many and can complicate the case very quickly. For this reason, it is necessary to have a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer with a background in assault criminal defense who can properly fight to ensure all considerations are rightfully pieced together and your side of the story is heard.
Brent D. Ratchford has over 25 years of experience in criminal defense and is known throughout North Carolina for treating every client of his with respect. If you’ve been accused of assault of any kind, reach out today. He will walk you through the defense process, listen to the details of your particular case, and work to develop the most effective defense strategy to achieve a favorable outcome.
Assault crimes can take several different forms depending on the level of injury inflicted, whether weapons were used, and if there was any other intent behind the assault. The most common cases that criminal defense lawyers regularly see are:
Your criminal defense lawyer will work to fight against assumptions made by the prosecution and present all the details of your case as proper evidence. Some common defenses this may include are:
In North Carolina, a person can sue someone else for assault if they believe they are owed restitution for damages suffered as the rest of the assault. In this case, the assault would also become a civil matter in addition to a criminal case. The plaintiff would be required to prove they suffered directly from the assault and effectively argue that the defendant should provide compensation for their damages.
Penalties for assault in North Carolina can vary depending on the severity of the charges. For a first-time assault misdemeanor offender, fines can range up to $1,000 with community service or victim restitution included. This includes up to 30 days of jail time. Both fines and jail time will be much larger for subsequent offenses or for aggravated assault, sexual assault, or battery.
One of the most common and effective defenses for assault charges is self-defense. If you can prove that the person you are accused of assaulting was a threat or presented any form of harm against you and that there was no reasonable alternative to leaving the situation without taking the actions you did, then you could have the assault charges reduced or dismissed altogether. The force used in self-defense must be proportional to the level of threat posed.
In North Carolina, assault charges cannot be dropped by the victim of the assault. While the victim can inform the prosecutor that they no longer wish to pursue the case, the prosecutor is not obligated to dismiss any of the charges. In fact, the District Attorney prosecutes any state law violations in criminal cases on behalf of the State rather than individual victims. Nevertheless, requests to drop charges can be made by the victim and considered by the court.
If you’ve been accused of any form of assault, do not hesitate to reach out to a criminal defense lawyer to begin your defense today. The Law Firm of Brent D. Ratchford has decades of experience carefully handling cases just like yours and will provide you with the utmost respect and representation. To begin discussing the details of your case, contact his office today.