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Fairfax Assault Lawyer/ Violent Crimes Attorney- Northern Virginia

Assault & Malicious Wounding Defense
Misdemeanors, Felonies, Drugs, Marijuana & Sex Case Defense. Pursuing the best defense since 1991

Fairfax Northern Virginia criminal lawyer/DWI attorney pursuing best defense

If you ever got into a schoolyard fight, beware ever getting into another physical fight again. Generally, the only defenses against a charge of assault or battery is necessary and proportionate self defense when escape is not a realistic option, defense of others with the foregoing considerations in mind, permissible and proportionate discipline of one’s minor children (some states are less charitable than others for corporal child discipline), and consent (for instance a consensual wrestling or boxing match, or consensual rough sexual play, which is its own realm of defense.

The sentencing stakes get higher as the alleged injuries become more serious. Beware mandatory minimum sentencing for convictions for assaulting law enforcement officers.

Beware assault initiators who believe that the first to point the finger at the other person in an affray gets the advantage in criminal court. Beware assault defense becoming a he-said/she-said situation, and circumstances where you have no witnesses, and the other side has lying witnesses.

Always beware being accused of this and all other crimes. Even real assault victims can end up misidentifying their assailants, particularly in the midst of and aftermath of the startling event, pain and medical attention over their injuries.

With clients accused of assault, Jon Katz gets right to work with trial preparation, and also exploring with clients whose hands are not automatically clean the possible benefits of entering an anger management program (and parenting class when the defendant’s child is the alleged victim), obtaining psychological counseling and seeking a clean psychological bill of health, and doing substantial voluntary community service hours.

Nobody wants to have an assault conviction on their hands. These are damning accusations and need to be fully defended.

EXTERNAL LINKS:

Va. Code § 18.2-57 – Assault

Va. Code § 18.2-51.1 – Malicious wounding

Va. Code § 18.2-57.2 Assault on a family or household member

Va. Code § 18.2-57.3 – Suspended imposition of sentence for assault on family or household member

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