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Assault Attorney in Gastonia, North Carolina

Assault is a serious charge that can have devastating consequences. Unfortunately, assault is becoming more and more common across North Carolina. According to a recent study from NeighborhoodScout, there are 2.62 assaults per 1,000 residents in the state of North Carolina. Whether the charges are blown out of proportion or are completely unwarranted, the repercussions that one can face following a conviction can have a lasting impact on your life. That’s why it is so important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney if you’ve been arrested or charged with assault.

Here at my firm, The Law Office of Eddie L. Meeks, I believe that no legal issue is too small for my attention. When it comes to defending individuals accused of assault, I will review and investigate all of the surrounding facts of the case and outline a strong legal defense in an effort to fight for the best possible outcome. If you’re facing assault charges, I will do everything I can to protect your rights and defend your freedom at every phase of the legal process.

I am proud to serve clients in Gastonia, North Carolina, and in the surrounding areas of Charlotte, Lincolnton, and Hickory. Call or reach out to my firm today to learn more about how I can help you with your case.

Defining Assault

Under North Carolina law, assault can be defined as any threat to use violence or force against another that reasonably forces the victim to fear for their safety. Generally, there are two main types of assault: simple and aggravated assault.

Simple Assault

Simple assault is the least serious assault offense. It consists of unlawfully assaulting another person. This can include unlawfully touching someone or threatening someone with bodily harm when it appears that you have the immediate capacity to carry out your threat. For example, smacking someone across the face can be considered simple assault.

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Aggravated Assault

Aggravated assault can be defined as “an unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe bodily injury, usually accompanied by the use of a weapon or other means and is likely to produce death or serious bodily harm.” An example of this is headbutting someone in the nose or using an object or weapon to hit someone, such as breaking a bottle over someone’s head.

Possible Penalties

The penalties for assault often depend on the circumstances that led to the incident and whether or not there is a criminal history. The penalties can also vary depending on whether or not you’ve been charged with simple assault or aggravated assault.

Simple Assault Penalties

Simple assault is considered a Class 2 misdemeanor. If you have no prior convictions, the sentence could involve probation or up to 30 days in jail. If you have been convicted in the past of simple assault, you could be sentenced to 60 days in jail and you may be required to pay a fine of up to $1,000.

Aggravated Assault Penalties

Aggravated assault is a more serious assault charge and is classified as a felony. If convicted, you could face a longer jail sentence — between 10 and 63 months or more. The penalties will be even more significant if the prosecution is able to prove that you had an intent to kill.

How a Skilled Defense Attorney Can Help

At the end of the day, few people are prepared to take on the serious consequences of an assault charge on their own. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help defend your rights and help you pursue the best possible outcome for your case. A skilled criminal defense attorney can look at your case and the circumstances surrounding the charges and help you outline a strong legal defense that can potentially reduce your charges or have them dismissed altogether.

For over a decade I’ve been working with individuals charged with assault and other criminal charges to protect their rights and help them navigate the complexities of the criminal justice system. Facing criminal charges is something that you never want to do on your own. Remember, just because you’ve been charged, doesn’t mean you’re guilty. You have rights that need to be protected.

If you have been charged with assault and live in Gastonia, North Carolina, or in the neighboring areas of Charlotte, Lincolnton, or Hickory, contact my firm today to learn more about how I can provide you with the aggressive legal defense you deserve.

Assault Defense Attorney
in Gastonia, North Carolina

For over a decade I have been helping individuals and families navigate the criminal justice system. My ability to put myself in your shoes and offer compassionate legal counsel and strong representation sets my firm apart from others. With my extensive knowledge and courtroom experience, I would be proud to help you defend yourself against your assault charges. I will fight vigorously to protect your rights and do everything I can to get your charges reduced or dropped altogether. If you’ve been charged with assault, don’t wait. Call or reach out to my firm, The Law Office of Eddie L. Meeks, today for reliable legal help!