Charged With Assault In Maryland? Get The Defense Attorney You Need
All it takes for a situation to result in an assault charge is an argument that spirals out of control, whether it is with someone you know or through a random encounter in a public place with someone aggressive and angry. Law enforcement sometimes jumps to conclusions and makes arrests without considering all the circumstances.
The lawyer at the law firm of Jeffrey G Ray has more than 40 years of experience defending the interests of clients in Ocean City who have been charged with first- or second-degree assault. Attorney Jeffrey G Ray understands the gravity of your charges and knows what it takes to get your life back on track.
What Do You Need To Know About Maryland Assault Charges?
Maryland breaks assault charges down by degrees according to the severity of the alleged actions. These degrees are as follows:
- Second-degree assault involves the threat of offensive physical contact or actual offensive physical contact. Upon conviction, this is punishable by up to $5,000 in fines and 10 years in prison.
- First-degree assault involves threats of serious physical injuries or actual serious harm, enough to create the risk of death, cause disfigurement or leave permanent functional injuries to the victim’s body parts or organs. Upon conviction, this is punishable by up to 25 years in prison.
In other words, the charges you may face depend heavily on the circumstances. There is a big difference between merely threatening to knock someone’s hat off their head and threatening to actually knock their head off their shoulders.
However, an experienced lawyer like Mr. Ray can explore all possible defenses, including self-defense, defense of others, lack of intent, the credibility of any threats and more. In many cases, a better exploration of the circumstances surrounding your arrest can result in dropped or reduced charges.
Call Today To Get The Legal Representation You Need
Facing any kind of criminal charges can quickly make you feel overwhelmed. Attorney Ray will work hard to obtain the best possible outcome for your case, but it is essential to act quickly. Call 888-277-5490 or reach out to the firm online to schedule your consultation today.