Assault & Battery in Waterford
Dedicated Criminal Defense Attorney
If you’ve been accused of using force or violence against another person, even if the alleged incident only involved attempted violence, you may face assault and/or battery charges. This can place you at risk of imprisonment, probation, fines, and restitution. It is important to act quickly by calling a criminal defense attorney. You have the right to legal counsel, and exercising this right may be the only thing standing between you and a jail cell. As a Waterford assault and battery lawyer, Roberto A. Bihar can provide the legal representation you need – and deserve.
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Potential Defenses Against Michigan Assault & Battery Charges
Although the terms are often used together, assault and battery are actually two separate criminal offenses. Both are considered violent crimes as they involve an intent to harm or the inflicting of force upon another person. Assault may be defined as an attempt to cause physical injury to another person, and battery is defined as intentionally inflicting force or violence against another person (Michigan Penal Code § 750.81).
The following are potential defenses against assault and/or battery charges:
- Accidental Contact: Assault and battery both involve intentional conduct. If the incident was an accident, you should not face criminal charges.
- Mistaken Identity: You may look similar to the actual assailant, which resulted in your arrest. If this is the case, we will look to prove this.
- Self-Defense: If you were acting to protect yourself or another person, your actions may qualify as self-defense. This is a valid defense against assault and battery charges.
There are other ways a Waterford criminal defense attorney can challenge such charges. If your rights were violated upon your arrest, evidence was mishandled, witnesses were compromised, or other issues arose, these can be brought to the court’s attention to seek an acquittal or dropped charges.
Do not leave your future to chance. Call us at (248) 291-3368 to talk about your case.