Were you arrested for aggravated assault in Wake County? An Assault is a very serious crime according to North Carolina criminal laws. You can be found guilty of assault even without touching the alleged victim. When you are facing the possibility of a criminal record or even prison time, you need an experienced Raleigh criminal defense attorney to ensure the possible outcome of your case.
There’s always more than one explanation. Were you defending yourself in a fight? Did you let your anger get the best of you? Without the right representation, you’re side of the story will not be heard. Without the right experience, you’re future may hold the maximum penalties for your charges. Dealing with the legal process is scary. You may feel as if you have already been judged, but our legal system stipulates that we you are innocent until proven guilty. Your reputation and life as you know it may be on the line. We know the stress that goes with facing aggravated assault charges. We can help–just call (919) 833-5555 today for a free consult.
Degrees of Aggravated Assault
There are many factors affecting the degree of assault charge filed. A first degree aggravated assault is when the act is committed with deliberately premeditated malice aforethought. In lay terms, this act was committed with intent.
Second degree aggravated assault occurs when the act is committed without deliberation or premeditation. However, the mental state of “reckless indifference” can elevate a lesser charge to a second degree charge, as can a protected status of a victim, such as a police officer. There are also classifications of third and fourth degree. These are typical associated with altercations like fist fights. Regardless, you can face serious penalties if convicted. Article 8 of the North Carolina General Statues
Penalties for Aggravated Assault
Aggravated assault penalties depend on the degree and any injuries that may have occurred. Possible penalties include jail time, probation and electronic monitoring, fines and court costs, parole, mandatory anger management classes, restitution for the victim, and/or loss of the right to own or possess a firearm or weapon.
DeMent Askew has successfully defended clients charges with aggravated assault. If you’ve been charged, it’s in your best interest to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Contact us today to discuss your case.