Birmingham Assault Attorney
It is disturbing that Michigan police arrested more than 105,000 people for various assault crimes in 2017, but charges do not necessarily lead to a conviction. 46,959 of these incidents were cleared by authorities, which means that it is possible to fight the charges and avoid the harsh penalties of a conviction. A knowledgeable Birmingham assault attorney is a valuable asset to assist with your defense.
At the office of Paul J. Tafelski, our lawyers are dedicated to providing solid, skilled representation in all types of assault cases. We have more than a decade of experience defending those arrested on various criminal charges, so we know the laws and strategies that work. Please contact our office to set up a consultation with a Birmingham assault attorney today. You may also find it useful to review some important information on assault offenses.
Overview of Assault Crimes in Michigan
Assault is commonly paired with the term “battery,” but they are two separate crimes. You could be charged with assault if you attempt or threaten to injure someone, even if you do not follow through on the offense. Still, there are serious implications even if your actions do not cause bodily harm. Many assault crimes are “simple” and will be charged as a misdemeanor if you do not use a dangerous weapon. Your sentence for a conviction could be:
- Up to 93 days in jail, a maximum fine of $500, or both, for a first-time offense; or,
- Up to one-year imprisonment, plus a fine up to $1,000 for a second conviction.
For subsequent offenses, the charge is elevated to a felony with more serious penalties. You face up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. In addition, the charges are more serious if the victim is a police officer, a pregnant woman, social services worker, or other individual designated by law. Michigan laws are also much harsher if you use a firearm or dangerous weapon in commission of the assault, or the assault amounts to domestic violence.
Defending Assault Charges
Though the specifics may vary depending on the circumstances and criminal history, there are ways to avoid jail time for an assault charge. Michigan law provides for conditional or deferred sentencing, which is a form of probation. Essentially, you would enter a guilty plea for assault charges, but your sentence is put off until you complete the terms designated by the court. Once the probationary period is over and you comply with the court’s order, the charges are dismissed. However, if you violate the conditions, your guilty plea stands and you will be sentenced accordingly.
Contact a Birmingham Assault Attorney to Learn About Defense Options
If you were arrested on assault charges, you face an uphill battle if you try to represent yourself in court. An experienced lawyer will fight for your rights and attempt to work out reasonable probation terms. For more information, please contact the office of Paul J. Tafelski by calling (248) 221-1060 or going online. We can schedule a consultation to review your circumstances and get started on a defense strategy.