Assault is a violent crime that commonly takes place not only in Ohio, but all around the United States of America. Like other violent crimes, assault/battery charges can completely change your life for the worse. It is important to remember that even a misunderstanding or false accusation can result in a criminal record, court-mandated fine, or even a long-term prison sentence.
An assault charge can also lead to many collateral consequences as well. Many individuals have reported difficulties finding employment and higher learning opportunities, while others have had problems with being allowed to legally own and possess a firearm. These serious repercussions highlight the importance of hiring a criminal defense attorney when you are accused of or charged with assault or battery.
Sabol Mallory LLC is ready to provide you with expert criminal defense representation if you have been accused of or charged with assault. Our experienced lawyers have a proven track record of successfully representing defendants who have faced similar charges, and our legal team has a strong reputation of tirelessly fighting for the Ohio citizens we represent. Serving Fairfield, Pickard, Madison, and many other counties surrounding Columbus, Ohio, you can count on us to be there when you need us the most. Call us today at 614-300-5088 to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team.
● Types of Assault Charges
● Penalties of Assault Convictions
● Resources for Assault in Columbus, OH
In the state of Ohio, there are four main types of assault charges: aggravated assault, negligent assault, felonious assault, and simple assault.
According to Ohio Revised Code § 2903.12, aggravated assault takes place when a person, while under the influence of sudden passion or in a sudden fit of rage, knowingly causes serious physical harm to another person or their unborn child, or attempts to cause physical harm to another person or their unborn child by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance. This crime is classified as a third-degree felony.
According to Ohio Revised Code § 2903.14, negligent assault takes place when a person negligently causes physical harm to another person or their unborn child by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance. Individuals who are charged with this crime may face being convicted of a third-degree misdemeanor.
Felonious assault takes place when ain individual knowingly causes physical harm to another person or their unborn child, or attempts to cause physical harm to another individual through the use of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance.
Felonious assault also takes place if an individual, while having knowledge of being previously tested positive as a carrier of a virus that causes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome:
● engages in sexual conduct with another person without disclosing this knowledge to the other person before engaging in sexual conduct
● Engages in sexual conduct with another person who lacks the mental capacity to comprehend the significance of this knowledge
● Engages in sexual conduct with a person under eighteen years of age who is not the spouse of the offender
Simple assault, commonly referred to as assault, is defined as knowingly causing or attempting to cause physical harm to another person or their unborn child, or recklessly causing serious harm to another person or their unborn child. This is classified as a first-degree misdemeanor.
Assault and battery convictions differ based on the severity of the crime. For example, a third-degree misdemeanor that may come with a charge such as negligent assault can come with a 60-day jail sentence in addition to a maximum fine of $500, while a first-degree misdemeanor can carry penalties such as a 180-day maximum jail sentence alongside a fine of up to $1,000. If an individual is convicted of a fourth-degree felony offense such as aggravated assault, they can be subject to 18 months in prison as well as a fine that is not to exceed $15,000. Lastly, a second-degree felony can carry severe consequences such as an 8-year prison sentence in addition to a fine of up to $15,000.
These are all very serious penalties that must not be taken lightly. However, it is important to remember that assault charges and convictions can have collateral consequences as well. Many individuals who are convicted of assault-related crimes have other struggles they face, such as loss of employment, scholastic expulsion, and mandatory attendance of court-ordered recovery programs related to anger management and/or addiction.
Resources for Assault in Columbus, OH
Ohio Domestic Violence Network - This link takes you to the website of Ohio Domestic Violence Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending domestic violence. Their mission is to promote safety, well being, and justice for battered individuals who are in need of support, and they provide resources to individuals in Ohio who may be suffering from domestic violence and abuse.
The Center for Family Safety and Healing - This link takes you to the website of The Center for Family Safety and Healing. Based in Columbus, Ohio, this is a nonprofit organization that provides support for individuals who are attempting to escape and heal from domestic violence and abuse.
Assault and battery are violent crimes that will undoubtedly catch the attention of prosecutors and investigators. Individuals who commit assault-related crimes are seen as threats to society, and as a result, these types of charges are severely punished in an attempt to deter future assaults from taking place. However, even a misunderstanding can turn into a long-term jail sentence that forever changes the life of a person who may not even be guilty of committing assault.
If you have recently been accused of or charged with assault and you are attempting to fight your charges/accusations, you need to hire a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. This is the only way you can realistically hope to beat your charges; from the moment your charges are filed, there are prosecutors and investigators who are attempting to collect evidence in hopes of convincing a judge that you are guilty of assault.
Sabol Mallory LLC understands the importance of making sure you have everything you need to properly fight your assault charges. Led by Dan Sabol and Chase Mallory, our criminal defense attorneys are here to provide legal representation to those who have been accused of wrongdoing. With a proven track record of providing expert legal counsel to residents of Columbus, Reynoldsburg, Bexley, and other communities in Ohio, we have what it takes to represent you in a court of law. For more information, contact us at 614-300-5088 to schedule your free consultation.