No matter the crime, Maryland aims to hold offenders accountable for their actions. When crimes are violent, however, the state will take significant action against anyone who is convicted. In Maryland, crimes of assault are quite serious. With that said, there are two levels of how serious an assault crime can be. If you have been charged with assault in the state of Maryland, it is critical that you retain the services of an attorney who can effectively represent your interests and look for possible defenses on your behalf to save you from years of jail time and thousands of dollars in fines.
Second-Degree Assault Charges in Maryland
Second-degree assault charges can be issued to those individuals who attempt to, intentionally, or recklessly cause bodily injury to another person. It is important to note that this charge can also apply in situations where despite another person not actually being injured, the accused individual still instilled fear of bodily injury to the victim. In Maryland, a second-degree assault is typically a misdemeanor that can result in up to ten years in jail and a fine of up to $2500. It is important to be aware that in some cases, second-degree assault charges can be upgraded to a much more serious aggravated assault charge.
First-Degree Assault Charges in Maryland
As mentioned, some assault charges are more serious than others and can carry heavier penalties. First-degree assault charges are often issued to those who attack another with a deadly weapon, among other situations. In Maryland, a violent assault is considered a felony violent crime that can result in up to 25 years of jail time, depending on a variety of factors surrounding the situation.
If you have been charged with any assault crime in the state of Maryland, contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to learn how we can help.
The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Howard County, Maryland who have been charged with a crime. If you are facing criminal charges, let our firm explore all possible defenses and fight to protect your future. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.