Facing assault charges of any type can produce a wide range of emotions, including embarrassment, confusion, and fear. These are normal reactions. Sometimes, assault charges aren’t taken seriously by those charged. In fact, assault and battery are among the most common violent crimes that people are charged with. The possible consequences behind assault charges are often severe and significant.

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We have more than 25 years of experience serving people accused of assault in Oakland County and throughout Michigan, we have a strong record of achieving our goals.

If you are facing assault charges, call us at (248) 930-5019 or send us an e-mail.

Are Assault and Battery the Same Thing?

While it’s common to believe an assault charge is the same as a battery charge, they are very different. Under Michigan Law:

Battery is the intentional infliction of violence or force against another person, such as punching another person or hitting someone with an object. (Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 750.81.)

Assault is an attempt to cause physical injury to another person like attempting to strike someone with an object or your hand, and it’s any intentional unlawful act or threat of action like brandishing a weapon or raising your fist. If the offender appears to have carried out the threat and the action reasonably causes a person to feel afraid of impending violence, the act is an assault. (Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 750.81.)

If this seems confusing, consider hiring a assault defense attorney to help you better understand the charges brought forward and to review your case. Contact the Schwartz Law Group for a thorough investigation.

Types of Assault Charges in Michigan

Assault charges come in many forms. Some examples include:

  • Simple assault. These don’t necessarily require any harm or even physical contact. Instead, you can be accused simply by putting someone in fear through threats of violence. Michigan assault law considers simple assault to be a misdemeanor.
  • Aggravated assault. This is a more serious charge with more severe consequences despite its misdemeanor charge. It may pop up in situations involving bar fights in which substantial harm was caused.
  • Felonious assault. This is extremely serious and frequently involves the use of a weapon. That could mean throwing a bottle in a bar fight or running someone off the road with a car in a road rage situation.

No matter what type of assault charge you are facing, don’t face them alone. Call the Schwartz Law Group so you can have your case thoroughly investigated. We strive to help you achieve an excellent resolution.

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