In Missouri, assault may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony. Although the circumstances surrounding the alleged act and the severity of penalties may vary, the general description of assault is injuring or attempting to injure another person. One could face assault charges after a heated argument or even a situation where they were trying to protect themselves or a loved one.
At Loraine Law Center, we represent clients in Cole County, Miller County, Moniteau County, and the surrounding areas who have been accused of assault and other violent crimes. We recognize the serious nature of these charges and can take immediate steps to protect your constitutional rights and interests.
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In addition to facing criminal penalties, a person accused of assault could face a civil suit filed by the alleged victim, seeking financial damages for the harm they claim they suffered. You must act quickly and exercise your right to remain silent and your right to an attorney. This is the only way to ensure your interests are protected.
Contact Cole County assault defense lawyer Kyle Loraine today. He is a former prosecutor with intimate knowledge of both sides of criminal proceedings in Missouri.
Is Assault a Misdemeanor or a Felony in Missouri?
In Missouri, assault can range from a class B misdemeanor (punishable by up to 6 months in jail) to a class A felony (punishable by life in prison). There are numerous factors that influence the severity of assault charges and the penalties that may be imposed; understanding these can help you get a better idea of what you may be up against.
The severity of assault charges will depend on:
- Whether the alleged target of the assault was a special victim such as a police officer, parole officer, firefighter, elderly person, disabled person, or emergency medical technician (EMT).
- Whether the act or attempt was intentional or occurred as the result of recklessness.
- Whether a firearm or other deadly weapon was used.
- The alleged assault itself and the potential or actual injury the target experienced.
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