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Assault & Battery Defense Lawyers in Michigan

Understanding Simple Assault and Assault & Battery Charges

Under Michigan State law, simple assault involves the attempt to cause physical harm to another or any threat of action. As long as the offender appears to have the ability to commit an act of violence or their actions caused another person to fear impending harm, this is considered assault.

Battery is considered the actual act of intentional violence or force towards another person. When the threat of violence turns into an actual act of harm, this is charged as assault and battery under Michigan law.

Is it a Misdemeanor or a Felony Crime?

If the act of assault and battery resulted in serious physical injuries to the other person, it is categorized as aggravated assault and battery. In cases where a dangerous weapon was not used, the offense is charged as a misdemeanor. If assault and battery is committed against a police officer, emergency medical responder, or is in the form of domestic violence especially against pregnant women, it can be charged as a felony crime.

Penalties for Assault or Assault and Battery

The following are the potential penalties for simple assault or assault and battery in Michigan:

  • Fines up to $500
  • Up to 93 days in jail
  • Probation for up to two years
  • Financial restitution

Aggravated assault and battery penalties are as follows:

  • Up to $1,000 in fines
  • Up to one year in jail
  • Probation up to two years
  • Financial restitution

Grand Rapids and Bay City Criminal Attorneys With a Track Record of Success

At Gower Law PLC, we fight for the pursuit of justice. We are the people’s firm and we stand by our clients from the beginning to the end of their case. Throughout our history as a firm, we have fought relentlessly for the rights of the criminally accused and we treat each client with the respect they deserve.

With a history of successful verdicts and a passion for representing those charged with anything from assault and battery to domestic violence and everything in between, let us combat your charges.

Call our office in Grand Rapids or in Bay City for the aggressive defense you need. An attorney will provide you with a free consultation.

“Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue, That You May Live.”

- Deuteronomy 16:20
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