Knoxville Assault & Battery Attorneys
What is Considered Assault & Battery in Tennessee?
In the State of Tennessee Assault is categorized into 3 degrees:
- 3rd Degree - Intentionally or knowingly making someone reasonably afraid of being bodily injured
- 2nd Degree - Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury to a person
- 1st Degree - Intentionally or knowingly making physical contact that can reasonably be seen as extremely offensive or provocative
What are the Penalties for Assault & Battery?
Assault is typically a class A misdemeanor that comes with a penalty of up to 1 year in jail and/or $2.5k in fines. Assault may also be accompanied by a battery charge when someone makes physical contact with the intent to cause harm which would come with increased penalties.
At Eldridge & Blakney in Knoxville, our assault and battery attorneys have represented people facing both misdemeanor and felony charges. We can defend you from the strict penalties that often accompany this charge.
Aggravated Assault Charges in TN
Aggravated assault is a serious felony and is the more severe version of an assault charge. Assault is usually upgraded to aggravated assault when serious bodily injury/death occurs, when a deadly weapon is used/displayed, or if a victim is strangled.
Is Aggravated Assault A Felony?
Aggravated assault is typically considered a felony in most jurisdictions. Aggravated assault is a more severe form of assault than simple assault and often involves specific factors that increase the seriousness of the offense.
Felony classifications and penalties for aggravated assault can differ from one jurisdiction to another, so it's essential to understand the specific criminal laws in your area to understand the exact consequences associated with aggravated assault.
In general, felonies often carry more severe penalties than misdemeanors, which can include imprisonment, fines, probation, and a permanent criminal record.
Eldridge & Blakney, PC Assault & Battery Legal Counsel
Violent crime charges carry stiff penalties, but these cases are often complex and many of the details can be obscured given the heat of the moment. Witness testimony can be exaggerated, and you may find yourself facing harsher charges than the situation warrants.
Our knowledgeable assault attorneys in Knoxville can review your case and tell you more about your legal options. We provide honest and upfront feedback so that our clients can have a realistic idea of what to expect.
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