The “ladder” of Assault charges in Michigan ranges from misdemeanor Simple Assault and/or Assault and Battery, to capital charges, punishable by up to life in prison. These include:
- Simple Assault and/or Assault and Battery
- Domestic Violence
- Aggravated Assault
- Felonious Assault (Assault with a dangerous weapon)
- Assault with Intent to Commit Great Bodily Harm
- Assault by Strangulation
- Assault with Intent to Commit Murder
All Assault charges are aggressively investigated by police, sometimes with mandatory arrest protocols, and are vigorously prosecuted.
I Was Charged In Ann Arbor, MI With Assault But I Never Touched Anyone. Is This Legal?
An Assault is the offer of physical force or violence (clenching a fist, pointing a weapon) to another. A Battery is a harmful or offensive touching (actual contact with a person or an object closely connected with a person) of another. Assault charges, therefore, do not necessarily require an actual touching. Assaults increase in severity by certain “aggravating variables,” including the use of a weapon, a resulting injury or serious injury, or an intent to cause great bodily harm or death.
I Was Charged With Assault In Washtenaw County While I Was Defending Myself. Can I Still Be Prosecuted?
Yes. Self Defense is an “affirmative defense” that is usually decided by a judge or jury in a trial. In Michigan, a person must both honestly and reasonably believe they are in danger to use force to defend themselves or another to lawfully exercise the privilege.
For over 30 years, Joseph A. Simon has been helping persons charged with Assault crimes to protect their freedom, reputation and future goals. If you or a loved one are arrested or charged with an Assault offense or Domestic Violence in Ann Arbor, or Washtenaw, Wayne, Jackson, Livingston, or Lenawee County, contact our firm at 734-887-6200.