Assault & Battery
Located in the heart of downtown Rockville, Mohammadi & Humayun, LLC has significant experience working with clients from across Maryland charged with a violent crime. If you have been charged with assault in Maryland, you need the skill and personalized attention of a Montgomery County assault lawyer at Mohammadi & Humayun, LLC. Contact us today at (301) 800-0880 or via our online contact form for your free consultation.
Different Types of Assault Charges
Charges of assault and battery, like many other types of violent crime, have varying levels of severity. Your lawyer should be able to explain to you the differences between these charges and their consequences. With assault, the following distinctions can be made:
Assault in the First Degree (most serious)
You may be charged with this if you are accused of:
- Intentionally causing serious physical injury to another,
- Attempting to cause serious physical injury to another, or
- Committing an assault with a firearm.
- Serious physical injury includes those injuries that cause a risk of death or permanent damage.
First degree assault is classified as a felony and punishable by up to 25 years in the state prison.
Ref: MD. Code §3-202
Second Degree Assault
You could be facing this charge if you are accused of any general assault that does not classify under the rules of First Degree Assault. For example, if you touch someone else in a manner that could be perceived as unwanted, offensive, or potentially harmful (whether or not it causes injury), you could be charged with this offense.
Generally, assault in the 2nd degree is a misdemeanor though it carries a maximum potential sentence of 10 years. However, if the assault was committed on a law enforcement or probation officer, that assault charge will be entered as a felony.
Ref: MD. Code §3-203
Reckless endangerment is classified under the assault offenses in Maryland. This crime is committed when a person recklessly puts someone at risk of death or seriously physical injury. Accordingly, you could be found guilty of this offense if your actions (or inaction) put someone at risk, whether or not you intended for the any harm to occur.
This is considered a misdemeanor offense and is punishable by up to 5 years behind bars. Ref: MD. Code §3-204
As you can see, the charge of assault and battery can span a wide variety of acts, from a simple altercation, to a bar fight, or even a violent attack causing serious bodily harm.
Our criminal defense team is here to help. In the face of assault and battery charges in Maryland, Mohammadi & Humayun, LLC will work to minimize the negative consequences these charges have on your life. With knowledgeable legal advice and skilled representation, we protect our clients in county, state, and federal courts, and zealously advocate to get the charges dropped, dismissed, or reduced.
If you have been charged with or arrested for assault or battery in Maryland, make Mohammadi & Humayun, LLC your legal defense team to ensure that your rights are protected from the beginning. Contact Mohammadi & Humayun, LLC today for your free consultation at (301) 800-0880 or via our online contact form.