Assault & Battery in Maryland
Let a Salisbury Criminal Defense Attorney Protect Your Rights & Future
Have you or a loved one been charged with assault in Maryland? If so, it
is imperative to obtain experienced legal assistance from a qualified
criminal defense lawyer. I am
William R. Hall, an established
criminal defense attorney, and I have successfully handled over 4,000 criminal cases, including
more than 50 jury trials. With more than 18 years of legal experience,
I possess an extensive knowledge of state law and I have been voted as
one of the Top 1% of Attorneys by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.
Assault Definitions & Penalties
According to Maryland law, an “assault” offense can be a
violent crime that is considered assault, battery, or a combination of the two. In other
words, Maryland recognizes a variety of assault offenses.
You can be charged with
assault in the first degree if you intentionally cause serious physical injury to another person,
attempted to cause serious physical injury to another, or committing assault
with a firearm. Serious physical injury is defined as an injury that causes
a risk of permanent damage or death. First-degree assault is a felony,
punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 25 years.
You can be charged with
assault in the second degree if you are accused of any general assault which doesn’t classify
under the rules of first-degree assault. So, if you touch someone else
in an unwanted or offensive manner, you can be charged with this offense.
While second-degree assault is considered a misdemeanor, it carries a maximum
jail or prison sentence of 10 years. However, if the assault was committed
on a police or probation officer, it can be charged as a felony.
Reckless endangerment is also categorized under the assault umbrella in Maryland. The crime occurs
when an individual recklessly puts someone else at risk of death or serious
physical injury, but not intentionally. It is considered a misdemeanor,
punishable by a maximum jail or prison sentence of five years.
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As a former prosecutor, I am able to anticipate how the prosecution will
approach your case, giving you an advantage in the courtroom. I can investigate
your arrest, collect critical evidence, and build an effective and personalized
defense strategy which suits your needs. Do not risk fighting these charges
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