Understanding the different degrees of assault
Under Maryland law, there are multiple types of assault charges. When you are charged with a first-degree assault charge, the state is accusing you of causing, or attempting to cause, serious bodily harm to another person. An assault with a firearm also falls into this category. First-degree assault is a felony offense and a conviction could result in a 25-year prison sentence.
The consequences for a second-degree assault conviction aren’t as harsh – but with a potential penalty of 10 years in prison, it’s still a serious offense. Most assault allegations that don’t fit into the first-degree category are classified as second degree.
As a knowledgeable attorney, I can further explain your charges and help you understand what possible consequences you could be facing.
Types of assault cases
There are two sides to every story, and this is especially true in assaults. Once I know the exact charges and the nature of the evidence, I can challenge the allegations or try to limit the penalties for assault charges, including:
- Domestic violence
- Simple assault
- Bar fights
- Disorderly conduct
- Assault and battery
- Assault on a female
- Aggravated assault (serious bodily harm or use of a weapon)
- Communicating threats
- Robbery or armed robbery
- Murder or attempted murder