If you have been charged with Assault and Battery in Virginia, you know that nobody really knows the whole story. Most Assault and Battery charges happen when things get out of hand very quickly between two friends or family members and the cops get called. Most likely the police got called to your house or the bar, and only one of you was arrested or charged with a crime. It’s possible that you are both equally to blame, despite what the officer wrote down or said to you.
But I know that Assault and Battery charges are always more complicated than they seem on paper. If you are facing an Assault and Battery charge, whether you think you are to blame or not, you should seriously consider hiring a Virginia Defense Attorney to fight for you. Keep reading to find out what you’re looking at. Our firm helps people charged with crimes in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News, and throughout the Hampton Roads region of Virginia.
Penalties for Assault and Battery
The punishment for an Assault and Battery conviction is usually a Class One Misdemeanor or a Class Six Felony.
A standard Assault and Battery is usually a Class One Misdemeanor, meaning you could be sentenced to up to one year in jail and pay up to $2,500 in fines.
But if you have been previously convicted of two offenses of Assault and Battery against a family or household member, you could be facing a Class Six Felony, which means you could be sentenced to somewhere between one to five years in jail, and up to $2,500 in fines.
If you’ve been charged with any of these offenses, you need to hire a defense attorney to represent you. Our firm has the experience necessary to provide excellent representation on your case. Contact us for a free and confidential consultation.
How to Defend an Assault and Battery Charge
Many times, Assault and Battery cases come down to one person’s version of the story vs. another’s, because most of the time nobody else saw the fight. Depending on the circumstances, you might be entitled to rely on the theory of self-defense, defense of property, defense of another, or that you were in a mutual combat situation. No matter what the circumstances are, your Criminal Defense Attorney will be able to pick out the strengths and weaknesses of your case and fashion the best defense strategy he can.
A Virginia Attorney for Assault and Battery
If you have been charged with Assault and Battery in Virginia and want to speak to a Virginia Criminal Defense Attorney to talk about your options, we offer Free Consultations. Give me a call today. It’s time to put this behind you. It’s time to put me to work for you.
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