In Maryland, assault charges come in many different forms. Charges can range from misdemeanors to felonies. Assault is attempting to touch someone without their consent. It usually involves an act of violence such as hitting someone or threatening them with a gun.
Assault in Maryland
In Maryland, one of the most serious forms of assault is first-degree assault. First-degree assault occurs when someone causes a serious physical injury to another person. The victim could have possibly died or was permanently disabled as a result of the action. It is a very serious crime with serious penalties of up to 25 years in prison.
Most assaults in Maryland are second-degree assaults. It is defined as causing someone physical injury. It is less serious than first-degree assault but comes with a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $2,500 fine. Subcategories of assault, such as assaulting a police officer, come with their own punishments.
Many times an assault case arises from a fight of some kind. The person who started the fight is usually the one charged with assault. In cases involving fights, self-defense is a common defense to the charges.
When claiming self-defense, you are stating that you had to use physical force (even if it caused physical injury) in order to protect yourself or another person from physical harm. In order to establish a valid self-defense claim, you must show that the amount of force you utilized to protect yourself or others was reasonable under the circumstances. You need to show that you were protecting yourself and that you did not start the fight in question. These types of cases are usually established through the use of eyewitness testimony about the circumstances surrounding a fight. There may also be other evidence, such as surveillance or cell phone video, available to establish self-defense.
Contact a Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney
If you’ve been arrested for assault and believe that you acted in self-defense, it can be helpful to have an experienced Maryland criminal defense attorney on your side.Contact the lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC or call us at 866-444-6363 for a free consultation today.