Assault And Battery Defense – Serious Representation Against Serious Allegations
Police do not always want to hear your side of the story. If you were arrested for assault, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney who can challenge the evidence and make sure the court considers your version of events.
Mahaffey & Associates, Attorneys & Counselors at Law, defends the accused in the Toledo area and northwest Ohio. Our proactive and diligent approach has led to favorable outcomes in misdemeanor and felony assault cases. Contact us immediately if you or a family member has been arrested.
How Are These Offenses Defined?
The terms assault and battery are often used together or interchangeably. However, they do have slightly different definitions under Ohio law. Battery is defined as causing bodily harm or “offensive physical contact” through intentional or negligent actions. Assault is defined as attempting to cause or causing harm to someone else. These offenses can be further classified as a simple, negligent, felony or aggravated. Each has its own specific meaning and related criminal charges.
Consequences Of Assault And Battery
We handle all levels of charges, including:
- Assault and battery
- Aggravated assault or felonious assault
- Domestic assault
- Vehicular assault
- Sexual assault
- Negligent assault (usually involving the negligent misuse of a deadly weapon)
- Child abuse
An assault/battery conviction can lead to serious jail or prison time. The penalties are enhanced for use of a deadly weapon, infliction of serious injury or prior convictions. A felony conviction will result in the loss of civil rights, including the right to vote or possess firearms. An assault conviction can also affect child custody proceedings or hamper employment or college eligibility.
Limiting The Impact Of Assault Charges
We have handled cases arising from school fights, bar fights, neighbor disputes and other circumstances. You can be prosecuted even if you did not initiate the altercation, but the court will consider defenses and mitigating circumstances, such as provocation, self-defense or intoxication of the victim.
Our experienced criminal defense lawyers will make every effort to avoid a conviction. You may qualify for a deferred sentence or another program that keeps this off your record in exchange for probation or anger management counseling. We may be able to get the charges reduced to a nonfelony offense. And we are always prepared to fight the charges at trial when your freedom is at stake.
Don’t Wait To Seek Legal Help – Contact Us Today
For proven assault and battery defense, contact us online or call 419-741-0111 for a free initial phone consultation. Our office is conveniently located in Sylvania, and we accept all major credit cards.