Aggravated Assault Criminal Defense
Aggravated assault is an attempt to cause severe bodily injury to another purposely, knowingly or recklessly, with an indifference to the value of human life. Aggravated assault also occurs when a person attempts to cause or purposely or knowingly causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon.
- Types of Aggravated Assault/Related Crimes:
• Assault with a Deadly Weapon - Assault with a deadly weapon is the act of menacing another person with a weapon that could cause death. This is usually a gun, but it doesn't need to be. This form of assault does not include the action of using force, called battery, but it can lead to additional battery charges.
• Sexual Assault - Sexual assault is any assault of a sexual nature on another person. It is any involuntary sexual act in which a person is coerced or forced to engage against their will, or any non-consensual sexual touching of a person. This can range from basic battery to rape.
• Malicious Assault - Malicious assault is committed when any person maliciously shoots, stabs, cuts or wounds or by some other means causes injury to another with the intent to kill or maim, disfigure or disable.
- Penalties & Punishment:
A defendant who is convicted of aggravated assault can receive a prison sentence or probation, as well as be fined. In New York, a prison sentence for aggravated assault can range from three years to 25 years for a conviction.
- Successful Defenses:
Being charged with aggravated assault is a severe matter. It's important to consult with an attorney who has knowledge of the assault laws and penalties applicable in your case. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney may be able to convince either a prosecutor or a jury that a defendant either did not intend to cause an injury or at least did not cause a serious enough injury to merit a charge of felony assault.
- Difference between State and Federal statutes:
The federal government and the state government view aggravated assault similar and the crime is charged in the same fashion. The charge does carry a different name in different states though called felonious assault which is defined as aggravated assault.
- High profile cases:
In February 2014, former NFL running back Ray Rice was charged with third degree aggravated assault stemming from a punch he threw striking his then fiancé in the face knocking her out. The entire incident was caught on camera and was released by TMZ within a few days. The video showcased an intoxicated Ray Rice dragging his fiancé from the elevator. To avoid jail time, he was accepted and completed a pretrial intervention program that will last a year. Once completed, the charges against him will be dropped.