Defending Against A Variety Of Assault Charges
Assault is a violent crime that can have serious implications. Depending on the circumstances and parties involved, you could be looking at substantial fines, counseling or mandatory jail time. The attorneys at Reep, Bell, Laird & Jasper, P.C., have extensive criminal defense experience, and can help protect your rights in a variety of assault cases.
Assault charges in Montana can be broken down into the following categories:
- Misdemeanor assault: An assault occurs when a person purposely causes bodily injury or reasonable apprehension of bodily injury to another.
- Felony assault: Depending on the circumstances surrounding the offense, an assault may be raised to the level of a felony.
- Aggravated assault: This may be charged if serious bodily injury results from the assault.
- Assault with a weapon: These charges may arise if an individual causes actual bodily injury or reasonable apprehension of bodily injury in another by use of a weapon.
- Partner or family member: A person commits partner or family member assault if one purposely or knowingly causes bodily injury or reasonable apprehension of bodily injury to a domestic partner or family member. A conviction of partner or family member assault subjects an individual to fines, mandatory jail time and a minimum of 40 hours of counseling for a first offense.
A conviction also has lasting ramifications on an individual’s right to own or possess firearms under federal law. A third or subsequent conviction of partner or family member assault is a felony. Following a charge of partner or family member assault, courts routinely issue no contact orders. Violating the no contact order can subject an individual to additional criminal charges and penalties.
If you have been charged with assault, do not wait to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney today. Call our firm at 406-541-4100 to get started.