“Assault“, occurs when a person intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes any physical injury to another person; knowingly touches another person with the intent to injure, insult or provoke; or intentionally places another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent physical injury.
Normally, any type of red mark or scratch can qualify as an “injury” under this statute. If the Assault incident involves two (2) people who live together, were romantically involved, or who are somehow related, then this is “Domestic Violence.” The Domestic Violence designation carries some serious ramifications in addition to the standard punishment. For instance, you can no longer carry a firearm if a Domestic Violence conviction is on your record. This could cost a police officer, security guard, or military person their job.
Sexual assault is a serious and increasingly common of criminal charge. Because of severe sentencing guidelines and the requirement to register as a sex offender, it is critical that you aggressively fight this charge. As with many sex crimes, sexual assault charges are often based only on the testimony of the accuser and may have little or no physical evidence. Often, sexual assault charges are made frivolously or when there is insufficient evidence for a more specific charge. Careful and skilled pre-trial research can often result in the dropping of these charges before trial. If a trial is necessary, there are specific strategies employed in the defense of sexual assault charges.