New Hampshire & Maine Assault & Battery Attorney
Criminal Injury of Another
Assault allegations arise in a variety of disputed circumstances, many
of which allow for a compelling defense. Our criminal defense lawyers
regularly defend assault charges that surface following bar room brawls,
allegations of domestic abuse, road range incidents and arguments at sporting
events. Even the best of us find ourselves in heated moments from time
to time and, a momentary lapse in judgment, regularly results in criminal
charges, calling for a vigorous defense. In the state of New Hampshire,
an assault allegation may arise from any unprivileged touching, but the
law classifies various assault crimes depending on the circumstances surrounding
the incident, including: simple assault, second-degree assault and first-degree assault.
Simple assault involves purposefully or knowingly causing bodily injury
or unprivileged physical contact as well as injury through reckless or
negligent behavior. As a misdemeanor, it is punishable by up to one year
in jail and a maximum fine of $2,000.
Second-degree assault occurs when a person knowingly or recklessly causes
serious bodily injury to another; recklessly causes bodily injury by means
of a deadly weapon; purposefully or knowingly engages in the strangulation
of another and in a number of other ways. Second degree assault is a Class
B felony punishable with a fine of up to $4,000 and up to seven years
First-degree occurs when a person causes serious bodily injury to another;
purposefully or knowing causes bodily injury to another by means of a
deadly weapon; or knowingly or recklessly causes serious bodily injury
to a person under 13 years of age as well as in other ways. First Degree
assault is a Class A felony punishable by as many as 15 years in prison
and a fine of up to $4,000.
Defending assault cases requires an application of the law to the specific
facts of the case. New Hampshire law provides for a number of affirmative
defenses and justifications including self-defense, defense of property,
intoxication and mistake. Simple allegations may also require complex
examination. For instance, many assault offenses require the State to
establish that the victim suffered a serious bodily injury. Establishing
proof of this element typically requires medical records and proof that
the victim suffered some sort of permanent impairment. Law enforcement
often have difficulty obtaining this required proof and our criminal defense
attorneys regularly consult with medical experts in order to assess the
severity of any injury. Aside from these criminal offenses, New Hampshire
law also provides for a non-criminal, violation level offense known as
Mutual Combat. Effective negotiation and plea bargaining, includes the
consideration of non-criminal charges.
Where these discussions fail, our criminal lawyers prepare for trial, evaluating
witness statements, advancing sincere defenses, sizing up expert issues
and putting together a powerful trial presentation.
Some states separate assault and battery into two separate offenses, but
New Hampshire laws combine the two under the statutes for assault. The
penalties can be serious, including high fines and stand committed jail
or prison time, but our attorneys understand fully that the consequences
in assault case extend well beyond these risks. Assault charges can result
in ruined reputations, job loss and a negative impact on family law cases.
Where the personal and professional stakes are so high, speak with a New
Hampshire criminal lawyer right away if you have been charged with assault
and battery. The firm of Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. will not stop fighting
until the best results have been achieved for your case.
Excellent Criminal Defense in New Hampshire
Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. is proud of its criminal defense practice, values
the constitutional rights that are increasingly forgotten in our system
and pours energy in to assisting people accused of criminal conduct. We
practice at all levels of the criminal justice system in New Hampshire
and regularly defend cases in Southern Maine and Massachusetts as well.
We apply a straightforward and aggressive approach to defending our criminal
cases whether it be a complicated federal offense, a superior court felony
or a misdemeanor pending before a local circuit court or district court.
If you are searching for an experienced and successful defense attorney,
look no further than Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. For more than three decades,
our firm has obtained outstanding results in countless criminal cases.
all types of criminal charges ranging from assault and battery to
drug possession, murder as well as a wide range of motor vehicle cases including DWI.
Call today to
contact a lawyer and fight for freedom from your wrongful charges!