Assault Defense Attorney
If you’ve been in a fight or physical confrontation with another person and been arrested, you will probably be charged with assault.
Assault is the 5th most common charge among inmates in South Carolina’s correctional system.
As a former prosecutor and experienced defense lawyer, Nathan J. Sheldon understands how solicitors and criminal courts operate. Whether you are facing a felony or misdemeanor charge, he’ll use his knowledge of the system to help defend you.
An Assault Conviction Will Change Your Life – You Need Legal Help
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Felony Assault Charges
Based on the circumstances of the altercation and the type of injuries sustained, the solicitor’s office may file criminal charges against you for a felony assault. The most serious charge is Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature when the prosecutor finds great bodily harm was caused. This can result in up to 20 years in prison.
1st Degree Assault and Battery is also a felony and can result in up to 10 years in prison.
Either felony charge could result in significant prison time, difficulty finding future employment and many additional impacts on your life. You’ll need legal advice from an experienced criminal law attorney to defend yourself.
2nd Degree Assault Charges
Although considered a misdemeanor in South Carolina, 2nd degree assault is more serious than you might expect. This involves physical harm that requires medical care. If convicted, you could be sentenced to up to 3 years in jail.
Simple Assault Charges (3rd Degree)
The least serious of assault charges in commonly known as simple assault. This is a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of 30 days in which physical contact was made or an attempt to hurt someone happened. This is generally tried in Municipal or Magistrate’s court.
Defenses to Assault Charges
Self-defense and defense of others are two possible defenses. There are many strategies to achieving the best possible outcome for your case. The circumstances surrounding each case are different and will require a consultation to discuss the best way to defend you.Contact Us to Schedule Your Consultation