Salt Lake City Assault & Battery Defense Attorney
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Whether it’s a bar fight or physical altercation between schoolmates, you may suffer an assault and battery charge. Regardless of your age, the law will do everything it can to punish you because violent crimes are deemed some of the most serious offenses. Thus, it is vital to work with me, an experienced assault and battery defense lawyer, to better prevent you from facing serious consequences.
At Catherine Cleveland Attorney at Law, I can provide aggressive defense against your assault and battery charges while protecting your rights throughout the process. My legal experience spans all types of violent crimes including misdemeanor and felony charges. If you are accused of assault and battery, I will provide the high-quality legal representation you deserve. Without me on your side, you have a higher chance of suffering harsh legal punishments and a criminal record, both of which can damage your livelihood.
What Is Assault & Battery?
Utah law defines assault and battery as an attempt or act, with unlawful force or violence, to cause bodily injury to another or create a substantial risk of bodily injury to another. The difference between assault and battery is that assault is the threat or intention of causing physical harm while battery refers to the actual act causing physical harm.
Assault is a class B misdemeanor that can be enhanced to a class A misdemeanor if the person causes substantial bodily injury to another or the victim is pregnant, and the person has knowledge of the pregnancy. If convicted of a class B misdemeanor, you may be punished with up to 6 months in jail and/or up to $1,000 fines or compensatory service. If convicted of a class A misdemeanor, you may be looking at up to 364 days in jail and/or up to $2,500 fines.
Sometimes an assault charge is combined with other types of criminal charges or legal issues. For example, if you are accused of domestic violence or domestic assault, you may also have a restraining order filed against you. Or, if you are accused of assault with a deadly weapon during a robbery, you could be facing separate charges for both crimes.
Fighting Assault & Battery Charges in Salt Lake City
In assault and battery cases involving serious injury or serious threats of injury to the victim, the prosecution often takes an aggressive stance and seeks significant criminal penalties. Even if no serious threats or injuries are involved, the law can be relentless. As such, if you are charged with assault and battery, you need an attorney with trial experience who will stand up to the prosecution and aggressively defend you. Further, you need someone who can help you understand the charges and potential penalties you may face. I, Catherine Cleveland, am the right lawyer for you.
As a result of my careful trial preparation and meticulous case management, I have generated a powerful history of results in and out of the courtroom. I also served as a judge pro tem, meaning I know how the other side of the table operates and can use that valuable insight to devise an effective, compelling defense strategy on your behalf. Count on me to help you fight your assault and battery charges and work to resolve the legal issues you may face due to your arrest.
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