If you or someone you know has been accused of aggravated assault, there are several steps that you will need to take in order to better understand the charge and build a defense. But what is aggravated assault? My name is Zachary Holbrook and I am a criminal defense attorney in Ogden, Utah. I have extensive experience assisting people with their individual criminal cases and want to help you prepare for your case.
Aggravated assault is one of many subjects that my criminal defense services cover. Assault is a serious crime and to be convicted of such a crime would be extremely damaging to a reputation. To better understand what aggravated assault means in legal jargon and for advice on how to put together your case, continue reading.
Simple Assault vs. Aggravated Assault
So, what is aggravated assault? Aggravated assault is a physical act of violence and is classified as a felony. A simple assault is where a person has the intent to harm somebody but did not cause extreme physical harm. An example would be a threat to hurt somebody or getting into a fight where both parties walked away with minimal injuries. The way that an assault becomes an aggravated assault is if a person threatens harm to somebody with a weapon or intends to hurt a person and the victim ends up with serious bodily injury. Simple assault is typically considered a misdemeanor while aggravated assault is a felony.
Types of Aggravated Assault
Now that you have a basic understanding of what constitutes aggravated assault vs. simple assault, it may be helpful to be aware of the different types of aggravated assault that a person could be charged with. However, there are intricacies to every situation, so it is important to consult a professional before concluding based on this list that you do or do not have a case. Some examples of aggravated assault are as follows:
- Threatening to injure or murder someone with a weapon
- Shooting or beating someone with a weapon
- Choking or strangulation
- Assault resulting in serious physical injuries
Why You Need An Experienced Advocate
It is vital to create a plan when building your defense and because each individual aggravated assault case is going to be very different, it is important to consult a professional in order to learn what to do for your particular case. Also what constitutes aggravated assault vs. assault may vary in different states. There are also many other factors that are important to consider when building a case. The goal in creating an aggravated assault defense case is to help you get an acquittal, reduce charges or a dismissal.
As an experienced criminal defense attorney, I, Zachary Holbrook, have many options and services available to you to help you build your case. If you need a defense attorney who will not only help you with your case but fight for your reputation, you are in the right place. Contact me today to schedule a free consultation.