Portland Assault and Battery Defense Attorneys
Criminal Defense Lawyers Serving Portland, Oregon
When facing assault and battery charges, you will need to turn to a legal professional who can provide you a level of representation that will enable you to reach a positive case outcome. Because assault and battery involves violent crimes, the penalties for these offenses are severe. Law enforcement and the prosecuting attorney will be zealous in their quest to prove your guilt, and you will need a defense lawyer to assert your rights and help you avoid a conviction.
You will need a Portland criminal defense lawyer that has the drive, the knowledge and the experience it takes to obtain positive case outcomes even in the face of the most serious assault and battery charges. Perhaps you were accused of these offenses due to mistaken identity, or you may have been falsely accused because the alleged victim wants revenge, is jealous or is angry with you for some reason. Whatever the particular circumstances of your case, it is important to consult an attorney immediately to find out what can be done for you.
Portland, Oregon Assault and Battery Charges
Assault is a violent crime committed against another person. Simple assault involves the threat of violence against another person, with the apparent means to make this threat a reality. Aggravated assault typically deals with assault with a deadly weapon. Battery is a separate criminal offense and involves the criminal act of intentionally touching, striking or hitting another person without their consent. Assault and battery may be sexual in nature or may be meant to cause injury or death. The mandatory minimum penalties for assault, as covered in Oregon Ballot Measure 11, are as follows:
- First degree assault:
- Minimum prison sentence of 7 years, 6 months
- Second degree assault:
- Minimum prison sentence of 5 years, 10 months
Contact a Portland defense attorney at our firm regarding your assault and battery charges, and how an attorney can help.