Kalamazoo Aggravated Assault Defense Attorney
A person can be charged with aggravated assault if he or she attempts to cause serious bodily injury to another person. This can be done through recklessness or with the aid of a deadly weapon. Aggravated assault is treated more seriously by prosecutors, and the criminal consequences of a conviction are much more severe.
At Willis Law, we provide serious defense against these serious charges. We are skilled at finding the best possible outcome for our clients, whether that is a plea agreement or going to trial. We will make sure you understand all of your options as we guide you through the criminal defense process.
Aggravated Assault Penalties
If convicted of aggravated assault - a misdemeanor offense - you could be facing up to one year in prison along with a fine of up to $1,000. This is if you do not have a history of violent crime on your record. If you do, prosecutors can seek additional punishment.
Depending on the circumstances of your case, the prosecution may attempt to pursue a felony charge against you, exposing you to even harsher penalties if convicted. For example, you could be charged with:
- Assault with intent to do great bodily harm
- Assault with intent to remove a portion of another person's body or face
- Assault with intent to commit murder
These felony crimes could result in penalties up to $5,000 in fines and, for assault with intent to commit murder, up to life in prison.
Protecting Your Rights and Reputation
Beyond the initial criminal penalties, having aggravated assault or a more severe offense on your record can haunt you for the rest of your life. Having violent crimes on your record can make it hard to find employment due to background checks and can permanently damage your reputation in the community.
Our dedicated Kalamazoo defense lawyers understand how important it is to clear your name and protect your rights. We will pursue all available options for minimizing your exposure to harsh criminal penalties, including plea agreements and aggressive trial representation.
To learn more about how we can help protect your interests, contact us today for a free initial consultation. Our attorneys defend against aggravated assault in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Paw Paw and throughout western Michigan.