Assault and battery are serious offenses in Louisiana, punishable by jail or prison time, fines and other harsh penalties. What’s also important to consider is the impact an assault or battery conviction can have on your life—both professionally and personally.
Assault and Battery Charges
The sentence for assault and battery charges depends on the severity of the crime. Simple assault is defined as the act of attempting to cause injury to another individual, such as trying to punch or hit another person and missing. Aggravated assault, on the other, involves using a dangerous weapon (such as a knife or toxic chemical) to threaten someone. While both simple and aggravated assault are considered misdemeanors, using a firearm during this act is classified as a felony.
Battery involves intentionally inflicting force on another individual, such a punching or hitting another person. Simple battery, the least serious of the offenses, does not involve weapons or the intent to inflict serious injury. However, if an individual uses a weapon while committing the act or the victim is seriously injured, the offender can be charged with aggravated battery, which is a felony offense.
The penalties for an assault or battery charge range from 90 days in jail and $200 in fines (simple assault) to six months behind bars and $1000 in fines (simple assault). Of course, felony offenses will result in prison time with a longer sentence. In addition, the court could order restitution for the victim.
Fighting Your Assault or Battery Offense
Assault and battery cases aren’t always as clear as they seem. J. Bradley Cockrell is an experienced criminal defense attorney who has investigated a number of assault and battery offenses in an effort to aggressively defend his clients. He will apply the same passion and expertise to your case.
If you have questions about your pending charges, reach out to Attorney Cockrell today to schedule a free initial case evaluation.