Columbus Assault Charges Attorneys

When an individual feels that they are in danger or that the possibility exists that another individual may harm them, they may try to level assault charges against the threatening party.  Unlike with battery charges, assault tends to deal with the threat of violence instead of the actual act of inflicting physical violence.  With this distinction in mind, if you face assault charges you should talk to a Columbus criminal defense attorney immediately.  A skilled criminal defense attorney will work with you to present your case and improve your chances of eliminating or reducing any penalties leveled against you for assault.

Assault is considered a very serious crime, and those who stand accused of assault often face harsh treatment from law enforcement and the prosecution.  Charges of assault rest heavily on the accusations and testimony of the alleged victim.  Often times an individual may be charged with assault and sentenced when in fact they are innocent.  That’s why it is very important to have a knowledgeable and experienced defense attorney defending your rights, freedom, and reputation.

There are 4 types of assault charges:

In Ohio, the filing of an Assault charge means an accused person is alleged to have caused or attempted to have caused physical harm to another. There are 4 different Assault charges in Ohio: (1) Negligent Assault; (2) Assault, commonly known as “simple” Assault; (3) Aggravated Assault; and (4) Felonious Assault.  Descriptions of, and the differences between, each of these offenses is set forth below.

          NEGLIGENT ASSAULT

Negligent Assault occurs when an accused person causes physical harm to another with a deadly weapon. The crime of Negligent Assault is more specifically defined in Section 2903.14 of the Ohio Revised Code and is classified as a third degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to $500.00 in fines and up to 60 days in jail, or both.

          ASSAULT

The crime of Assault, often known as “simple Assault,” occurs when an accused person either (1) causes or attempts to cause physical harm to another, or (2) recklessly causes serious physical harm to another. The crime of Assault is more specifically defined in Section 2903.13 of the Ohio Revised Code and is classified as a first degree misdemeanor in Ohio, punishable by up to $1,000.00 in fines and up to 180 days in jail, or both.

Read our blog about the crime of “simple” Assault in Ohio.

          AGGRAVATED ASSAULT

The crime of Aggravated Assault occurs when an accused person, while under the influence of sudden passion or rage, either (1) causes serious physical harm to another, or (2) causes or attempts to cause physical harm to another with a deadly weapon. The crime of Aggravated Assault is more specifically defined in Section 2903.12 of the Ohio Revised Code, and can be classified as either a third or fourth degree felony.

A third degree felony is punishable by up to $10,000.00 in fines, 36 months imprisonment, or both. A fourth degree felony is punishable by up to $5,000.00 in fines, 18 months imprisonment, or both.

Read our blog to learn about the elements of the crime of Aggravated Assault in Ohio.

          FELONIOUS ASSAULT

The crime of Felonious Assault occurs when an accused person either (1) causes serious physical harm to another, or (2) causes or attempts to cause physical harm to another with a deadly weapon. The crime of Felonious Assault is more specifically defined in Section 2903.11 of the Ohio Revised Code, and can be classified as either a first or second degree felony.

A second degree felony is punishable by up to $15,000.00 in fines, 8 years imprisonment, or both. A first degree felony is punishable by up to $20,000.00 in fines, 11 years imprisonment, or both.

Read our blog to learn more about the crime of Felonious Assault in Ohio.

LET US FIGHT IN YOUR ASSAULT CASE!

At Koenig & Owen, LLC, our attorneys will work for you to get the facts straight.  As assault defense lawyers in Columbus, we have years and years of experience handling assault charges and pride ourselves our combined knowledge and experience.  In the past we have received favorable rulings in the following types of assault cases:

  • Gang activity
  • Assault and battery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Domestic assault
  • Sexual assault

If you stand accused of any of the charges listed above or charges similar to those listed above, you should contact us immediately.  Together we can ensure that these serious charges do not cause irreparable damage to your life, reputation, and career.  No matter how severe or unfounded your charges are, our attorneys are here to protect you.