Assault is a charge that covers a wide range of offenses. Some are very cut and dried, while others are quite complex. For instance, a bar fight can result in several of the participants being charged with assault. Even someone who was on the outside of the fight and only got involved to help could end up facing assault charges. Regardless of the circumstances, if you are currently facing an assault charge in Tennessee, Gregory P. Issacs can help.
There are three basic definitions of assault on the books in Tennessee law –
- Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily injury to someone;
- Intentionally or knowingly causing another to reasonably fear imminent injury; or
- Intentionally or knowingly causing physical contact with someone that they would regard as offensive or provocative.
As you can see, the potential for being charged with assault can be wide ranging. In fact, definition number two provides that you could be charged with assault without even touching someone. While each case is different, assault most commonly carries a charge of a Class A misdemeanor which can mean up to a year in jail if convicted.
The charge of aggravated assault is additional to the basic assault charge. You may face aggravated assault charges if it is determined that the assault meets the below conditions.
- It results in serious bodily injury; or
- Is committed with the use of a deadly weapon
Facing aggravated assault charges is a very serious situation with the potential for major punishment. Most often brought as a Class C felony, a conviction of aggravated assault comes with a sentence of 3-15 years. As you can see, you need to make sure you obtain experienced council to defend yourself against such charges.
Call Gregory P. Issacs at 865-673-4953 if you are facing any degree of assault charge and need qualified representation. We will make sure that your rights are protected and you have a fair opportunity to present the facts.