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Assault and Battery

Birmingham Assault and Battery Attorney

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Unlike some jurisdictions with separate statutes for battery, Alabama combines both offenses under assault laws. In this context, assault encompasses conduct that involves the intention to and the actual causing of physical injury to another person. It's crucial to understand this nuanced legal framework to navigate the complexities of assault and battery charges effectively.

In the face of assault and battery accusations, legal representation is essential. The accused must challenge these allegations to either avoid or minimize potential penalties. The intricacies of the legal system can pose challenges, making it necessary to build a robust defense. Having an experienced assault and battery lawyer is invaluable. They can skillfully handle the case details, providing clarity in navigating relevant laws and procedures.

When it comes to aggressive representation in assault and battery cases, Ingram Law, LLC stands out. We pride ourselves on thoroughly preparing robust legal strategies for our clients. Our team brings significant trial experience and is ready to pursue optimal results through negotiations or in the courtroom. We understand the stakes in criminal matters and are committed to delivering defenses tailored to each unique situation.

If you or someone you know is facing accusations, don't hesitate to contact our Birmingham assault and battery lawyer at (205) 335-2640. We provide solid legal representation and protect our clients’ rights.

Degrees of Assault

In Alabama, assault and battery charges are categorized into different degrees, each carrying distinct definitions and penalties. Understanding these classifications is essential for anyone facing such accusations.

Third-Degree Assault

Third-degree assault is the lowest level of this offense.

It involves instances where a person:

  • Intends to cause physical injury to another person and causes it.
  • Recklessly causes physical injury.
  • Is criminally negligent and causes physical injury with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.
  • Prevents a police officer from performing duties, causing injury to any other person.

Third-degree assault is a Class A misdemeanor, with potential jail time of up to 1 year and/or a fine of up to $6,000.

Second-Degree Assault

Second-degree assault is the mid-level charge for this offense.

A person can face charges if they are alleged to have:

  • Intended to cause serious physical injury and actually caused it.
  • Intended to cause physical injury and used a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.
  • Recklessly caused serious physical injury with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.
  • Intended to prevent a peace officer or authority from performing duties, causing physical injury.
  • Intended to cause physical injury to a public school employee or healthcare worker performing duties.

A Class C felony, second-degree assault can be punished by 1 to 10 years of imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $15,000.

First Degree Assault

The most severe level of assault is first-degree.

Any of the following actions can result in a charge for this offense:

  • Intent to cause serious physical injury and causing it using a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.
  • Intent to seriously harm, causing disfigurement, destruction, amputation, or permanent disability.
  • Recklessly endangering another person's life, causing serious physical injury.
  • Causing serious physical injury while committing a serious violent crime or driving under the influence.

First-degree assault is a Class B felony. A conviction can result in 2 to 20 years of imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $30,000.

Choose a Trusted Defender for Assault and Battery Cases

When facing the complexities of assault and battery charges, choosing the right legal ally can make all the difference. Ingram Law, LLC brings a wealth of experience. Attorney Ingram's background as a former Assistant District Attorney provides invaluable insights into the intricacies of legal proceedings. Leveraging this unique perspective, we adeptly navigate the legal landscape, strategically building solid cases.

We understand the importance of clarity in times of legal uncertainty. Our team helps our clients fully comprehend their rights, obligations, and the array of legal options available. We address their questions through clear and concise communication, enabling them to make informed and confident decisions throughout their cases.

Your path to an aggressive defense begins with a simple action—contacting our dedicated Birmingham assault and battery attorney. Discuss your case and explore legal options by calling (205) 335-2640.

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Learn More About Joe Ingram

Birmingham Criminal Defense Attorney Mr. Ingram is a native of Birmingham, Alabama. After earning his Bachelor’s Degree from Samford University, he worked for Alabama Power in Corporate Accounting. Mr. Ingram earned his law degree from Birmingham School of Law in 2002. While attending law school, Mr. Ingram worked as a law clerk in the Office of District Attorney for the Tenth Judicial Circuit in Jefferson County, Alabama. He has also served as an Assistant District Attorney in Baldwin County.

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