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What is Aggravated Assault?

An individual who is accused of intentionally threatening another with physical harm "in a convincing way," may face criminal assault charges. In cases where an assault situation is deemed to be more serious in nature, felony charges of aggravated assault may follow. A person can be charged with aggravated assault if he or she attempts to cause serious bodily injury to another person. Aggravated assault is treated more seriously by prosecutors, and the criminal consequences of a conviction are much more severe.

When determining whether to charge an individual with assault or aggravated assault, several factors must be considered. The following factors contribute to escalation to aggravated assault charges:

  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Intent of the perpatrator (reckless disregard for human life)
  • Identity of the victim (police officer, firefighter, teachers on duty)
  • Degree of injury to the victim

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.

Michigan Aggravated Assault Penalties

If convicted of aggravated assault - a misdemeanor offense - you could be facing the following penalties:

  • Up to one year in prison
  • Up to $1,000 in fines.

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 aggravated assault crimes could result in penalties:

  • Up to $5,000 in fines
  • 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 assault 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.

Our attorneys defend against aggravated assault in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Paw Paw and throughout western Michigan.

To learn more about how we can help protect your interests, contact us today for a FREE initial consultation.

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