Law enforcement in the state of Maryland handles assault charges with the utmost seriousness and will seek to harshly punish all those found guilty of this crime. There are a wide array of scenarios that may wrongfully saddle a person with assault charges. In fact, it is not at all uncommon for someone acting in self-defense to face assault charges due to a misunderstanding. Our firm is prepared to defend all those facing criminal charges in Maryland. Please continue reading, then contact our Maryland criminal defense attorney for more information on these charges and how we can assist you in fighting them. Some of the questions you may have are as follows:
When a person attempts to attack a person, or otherwise takes action that leads someone to believe that he or she is at risk of imminent bodily injury, that constitutes second-degree assault. To face second-degree assault charges, the defendant does not have to have actually strike another person.
Despite not being as harsh as the penalties for a first-degree assault conviction, a second-degree assault conviction can still lead to time in jail and severely impair your future. Besides facing up to 10 years of incarceration and a potential $2,500 fine, those convicted of second-degree assault will develop a criminal record, which will make it difficult for them to get certain jobs, reside in certain areas, or even take out certain loans.
Naturally, those charged with first-degree assault face substantially harsher penalties, including up to 25 years of incarceration. To sustain a first-degree assault conviction, the defendant must be proven to have committed an act of assault, such as outlined above, that involved the use of a deadly weapon, or that the defendant had the intention of maiming the alleged victim. Again, the defendant does not have to inflict any actual harm on the alleged victim in order to sustain a criminal conviction.
First Degree assault is a felony. Given the severity, not to mention the life-altering outcomes, of the charges, all those who have been accused of assault will need an experienced legal team on their side. Preserving your freedom and your good name is why our firm is here.
The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Howard County and Anne Arundel 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. We also represent individuals who have been injured by the negligence of another party. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.