Have You Been Charged with Assault in Maryland?

Baltimore Criminal Defense Attorneys Provide the Legal Assistance You Need 

Many things in life are intertwined, for better or for worse. Alcohol and drug abuse, criminal activity, domestic violence, and assault. At Atkinson Law, we want to make a difference in our clients’ lives by focusing on the areas of law that real people encounter every day. 

What is Assault?

In Maryland, assault is defined as the intentional touching of another person that causes physical injury, or an intentional act causing a person to reasonably fear imminent harm. Some common types of assault include domestic assault, sexual assault, and assault on an officer. Some aggravating factors that might impact an assault case include prior charges, the severity of the assault, the nature and type of offense, and things that may have caused the incident to take place, such as alcohol or a toxic relationship.

Maryland has two degrees of assault: 

  • First degree assault - the intentional causing or attempting to cause serious physical injury that creates a substantial risk of death or permanent or protracted serious disfigurement

  • Second-degree assault - the intentional causing or attempt to cause non-serious physical injury. 

The state also has several special categories of assault, which include assault by motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, assault by poisoning or contamination, and assault by bodily fluids.

Maryland Lawyers Represents Those Facing Assault Charges

Baltimore is known for having a comparatively high crime rate, and there were 5,573 reported assaults in the city in 2020, higher than both the national average and the median for the state of Maryland. Both Baltimore and the state of Maryland are encouraging the enforcement of assault laws, and an assault conviction can result in fines, jail time, a criminal record, and the loss of the right to possess a firearm. If you are facing such charges, a conviction could mean serious consequences, including incarceration and difficulty finding work or housing. 

Although the penalties for assault can be extremely severe, there may be mitigating circumstances that an experienced assault defense attorney can raise to potentially get your charges reduced or even dismissed entirely.

Our attorneys will help you post bond, listen to your side of the story, help you prepare a strong defense against the charges, and strongly advocate for you at trial.

Contact a Knowledgeable Baltimore Criminal Defense Law Firm

If you are facing assault charges in and around Baltimore, Towson, Bel Air, White Marsh, and Parkville, Maryland, we can help you put together a strong defense. Contact Atkinson Law online or call 410-882-9595 (Baltimore office) or 443-384-0013 (Bel Air Office) to schedule your free initial consultation today.