Trusted Assault And Battery Defense

If you are facing assault and battery charges, the consequences could be serious, including hefty fines and jail or prison time. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you reduce these charges, or get them eliminated altogether with the proper planning. Hensley Law Office has defended countless clients in western Missouri when they are charged with assault, and can aggressively protect your rights before the court.

Felony And Misdemeanor Assault Charges

Assault charges can have a range of consequences, depending on the severity of the crime. They can also vary in form, including assaults with a deadly weapon, domestic assault or sexual assault. Assault in Missouri can be broken down into three categories:

  • First degree: Assault in the first degree can be a class A or B felony, and is the most serious assault charge you can receive. This is reserved for those who willingly attempt to kill another person, or cause them serious bodily harm. Depending on the severity, this level of assault could result in life in prison.
  • Second degree: Assault in the second degree is a class D felony, and can result in a substantial fine or up to seven years in prison. These assaults often involve deadly weapons and/or serious injuries, as well as attempted murder where the person acts "under the influence of sudden passion arising out of adequate cause."
  • Third degree: Assault in the third degree is a class E felony, and can result in a prison sentence of up to four years.
  • Fourth degree: Assault in the fourth degree is a misdemeanor, and can result in a fine or up to one year in the county jail. These types of assaults may involve threats, or negligently or recklessly causing injury.

With a free consultation with our lawyers, we can begin developing a strategy to protect your rights and reduce or eliminate the charges against you. In the case of assault, having a competent attorney by your side can be the difference between a prison sentence or a not guilty verdict. Call our Cass County office at 816-892-9603 today to get started, or reach out to us online.