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Columbia Assault & Battery Attorneys

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Assault and battery is considered a “crime against the person.” Most civilizations have some form of legal prohibition against assault and battery on the books. Thus, it is a crime that is inherently and intuitively wrong. If you have been arrested and charged for an offense involving assault and battery, you should retain a skilled Columbia criminal defense attorney to protect your rights.

At the Moore Taylor Law Firm, we have a talented team of criminal defense lawyers with decades of experience defending people against criminal charges such as assault and battery. Our clients benefit from award-winning criminal defense advocacy that is custom-tailored to address the specific needs of their cases, and so can you. We are dedicated to zealously advocating for your right to receive a fair trial with competent legal counsel supporting and protecting your rights.

For a free consultation regarding your legal rights and options, call Moore Taylor Law Firm at (866) 829-1242.

An Overview of South Carolina Assault & Battery Laws

Under Louisiana law, a person commits an assault if they attempt to cause another person violent injury with the capacity to successfully do so. Successfully inflicting violent injury is not required. It is sufficient that the person tried to do so with the present ability to complete their attempt. Simply put, assault is an attempt to commit a battery.

Battery is defined as the unlawful use of force against another person, resulting in a harmful or offensive contact. When someone successfully commits an assault such that the victim is subjected to physical injury or an offensive contact, they are guilty of battery. As a result, assault is a lesser included offense of battery.

Simple assault and battery. When someone commits and unlawful act of violent injury against another person, it qualifies as a simple assault and battery absent any aggravating circumstances.

Aggravated assault and battery. The commission of an unlawful act of violent injury that is accompanied by certain aggravating circumstances, including:

  • Use of a deadly weapon;
  • Intent to commit a felony;
  • Inflicting serious bodily injury;
  • A large gap in the parties’ age or physical condition;
  • Gender difference;
  • Taking indecent liberties with a female;
  • Purposefully causing shame and disgrace; and
  • Resisting lawful authorities.

Assault and battery with intent to kill. Committing an act of violence against another with “malice aforethought” constitutes assault and battery with intent to kill. “Malice aforethought” is a legal term characterized by having a “depraved spirit” and either the wrongful intent to injure another or a “general malignant recklessness” for the lives and safety of others.

Third-degree assault and battery. If someone commits a violent act against someone else and unlawfully injures them, or attempts to harm them with the present ability to do so, they are guilty of a misdemeanor that is punishable for up to 30 days in prison and a $500 fine.

Second-degree assault and battery. When someone commits an assault and battery and caused – or could have caused – moderate bodily injury, or touches them sexually without consent, they are guilty of a misdemeanor and can be sentenced for up to 3 years in prison and fined up to $2,500.

First-degree assault and battery. An assault and battery that is accompanied by aggravating circumstances or an intent to kill qualifies as a felony that is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Don’t Hesitate to Consult Our Columbia Criminal Defense Attorney for Advice

Facing criminal charges for a violent offense such as assault and battery can be mentally and physically overwhelming. Fortunately, our Columbia criminal defense lawyers at the Moore Taylor Law Firm have award-winning experience defending people against assault and battery charges, so you can be assured that your rights are well protected. We are committed to our role as your legal advocate to ensure that your due process rights are respected and preserved throughout criminal proceedings.

Contact the Moore Taylor Law Firm onlineor call us at (866) 829-1242 to schedule a free, confidential consultation today.