New Orleans Assault Lawyer
Assaults happen all the time. They tend to happen in places where alcohol is served, such as bars, parties, concerts, and sporting events. They may also occur when emotions get high and people get angry, such as stores, restaurants, and parking lots.
Assault is defined as any intentional act that causes another person to fear imminent physical harm. Simply placing another person in fear of bodily harm is enough for an assault charge, even if the victim is not physically harmed. For example, if a person swings at a person and misses, they have committed assault. If the person is injured, then that is considered battery.
Assault can be a felony in some cases. Protect your rights and future with help from an experienced New Orleans assault lawyer from Palazzo Law Firm. Contact us today to see how we can assist you.
Types of Assault
There are several types of assault:
- Simple assault. Simple assault is the most minor type of assault. It involves threatening someone without the use of dangerous weapons. This is charged as a misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a fine of $200. Probation and restitution may also be ordered.
- Aggravated assault. Aggravated assault involves intentional harm to another person through the use of dangerous weapons. It is considered intentional and unlawful use of a weapon. The penalties for aggravated assault are six months in jail. If you use a firearm, it becomes a felony, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
- This refers to intentional and unwanted physical contact or annoying touching. A person who touches someone in a painful or annoying way could be charged with battery. The penalties include six months in jail, $1,000 fine, and two years of probation.
Alternatives to Jail
Under Louisiana law, a person can be punished for assault in various ways. Jail time is not always ordered. Here are a few alternatives that your lawyer can help you push for:
- Probation. If you are convicted of assault, you may be placed on a supervised or unsupervised probation sentence. While on probation, you must regularly meet with a probation officer and fulfill all conditions that the court has set for you. For example, you may be ordered to attend counseling, refrain from alcohol or drug use, or stay in the community.
- You may be required to compensate the victim for any damage you caused them. For example, if the victim required medical treatment, you may be ordered to pay these bills.
- Mandatory programs. You may be ordered to attend anger management classes or perform community service.
Contact Palazzo Law Firm Today
Even for a simple case of assault, you could face criminal charges that will follow you forever. Seek legal help to get alternative sentencing options. The team at Palazzo Law Firm can defend your case and opt for lighter sentencing or even dismiss your charges. Speak to a New Orleans assault lawyer today by filling out the online form or calling 504-433-1442.