Greenville, SC Assault & Battery Lawyers
CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEYS IN GREENVILLE
Assault is the act of causing someone fear of being injured. This can happen in many different ways. The perpetrator may pretend to punch the victim, or attempted to punch the victim, or even just threatened to hit the victim. These are all various degrees of simple assault without battery.
Battery, however, is the follow-through by the perpetrator. If a perpetrator attempts to punch the victim, that is assault, but if they attempt to punch the victim and are successful, that is battery. For battery, the offender must actually cause bodily harm.
Charges for Assault and Battery in South Carolina
In South Carolina, the charges for assault or assault and battery vary based on the degree of assault, the injury, and manner of battery. That means that an offender who threatens someone, with no intention of following through, is going to be charged with less than a person who causes serious, grave, and/or life-threatening bodily injury to their victim. There is a wide spectrum of possible events between these two extremes, and a wide range of charges, sentencing, and punishment for these crimes.
- Third-Degree assault and battery: up to 30 days in jail, up to $500 in fines
- Second-degree assault and battery: up to 3 years of , up to $2500 in fines
- First-degree assaults: up to 10 years of jail time
- Aggravated Assault: up to 20 years of jail time
Aggravated Assault is the top charge you can receive related to causing someone else bodily harm or having the intent to cause them bodily injury. Rape and attempted rape are both considered aggravated assault, as well as felony child abuse (aggravated assault of a child), or any assault performed that involves a dangerous weapon.
While aggravated assault and first-degree assaults are both felony charges, second and third-degree assaults are considered misdemeanor assaults in South Carolina.
Our Greenville Assault and Battery Defense Lawyers Are Ready to Help
FR Law is a criminal defense law firm that specializes in assault and battery cases, and the best hands to place your case in. During your initial consultation, we will listen to your story, look at all the evidence you have gathered, and walk you through the entire process of being accused of and charged with assault and battery in South Carolina, and discuss valid defenses for your case, as well as your options in getting a lesser charge, your charges dropped, or whether or not it is best to ask for a plea deal.
At Fedalei & Reid Law, we know that these criminal charges are extremely serious, and can affect the criminal records of the accused permanently, causing untold, permanent damage to your life. An arrest for assault doesn’t have to be the beginning of the end, and you can trust us to make sure your charges are just a bump in the road, not a dead-end street.
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