The most serious assault offense under Ohio law is the crime of Felonious Assault. There are three ways the Felonious Assault can be committed in Ohio: (1) knowingly causing serious physical harm to another; (2) knowingly causing, or attempting to cause physical harm to another by means of a firearm, deadly weapon, or dangerous ordinance; and (3) having sexual conduct with another by an offender who knows they have tested positive as an AIDS virus carrier unless the offender first disclosed that fact to the other.
Felonious Assault is a felony of the second degree, punishable by a definite term of imprisonment of between 2 and 8 years. If the alleged victim is a police officer, the offense is a felony of the 1st degree, punishable by a term of imprisonment of between 3 and 11 years. If a firearm was used, then an additional penalty of 3 years imprisonment, consecutive to the underlying prison term, is mandatory and must also be imposed.
Common defenses to the charge of Felonious Assault are: (1) misidentification; (2) mistake; and (3) self-defense. We have successfully defended charges of Felonious Assault using each of these defenses.
If you or a loved one has been charged, or is under investigation, for the crime of Felonious Assault in Columbus or central Ohio, you should immediately contact an experienced Columbus criminal defense attorney to determine how how to best defend against the charge.Related Posts