Assault and Battery Charges in South Carolina
A person commits the offense of assault and battery if the person unlawfully injures another person, or attempts to injure another person with the present ability to do so. Legally speaking the assault is the threat of bodily harm coupled with an apparent, present ability to cause the harm and the battery is the actual unwarranted physical contact with another.
Assault and Battery Conviction
Persons who are convicted of assault and battery often face the following consequences:
- Mandatory counseling and/or anger management classes
Assault Battery Jail Time and Fines
- A person convicted of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature is guilty of a felony and can be imprisoned for a maximum of 20 years.
- A person convicted of assault and battery in the first degree is guilty of a felony and can be imprisoned for a maximum of 10 years.
- A person convicted of assault and battery in the second degree is guilty of a misdemeanor and can be fined a maximum of $2,500 and/or imprisoned for a maximum of 3 years.
- A person convicted of assault and battery in the third degree is guilty of a misdemeanor and can be fined for a maximum of $500 and/or imprisoned for a maximum of 30 days.
Assault and Battery Defense
The South Carolina criminal attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC have experience dealing with assault and battery defense cases. Our familiarity with prosecutorial techniques, knowledge of South Carolina criminal law, and our understanding and genuine concern for the rights and liberty of people facing criminal charges ensure that you will receive a vigorous, well-planned defense.
Possible defenses may include:
- Prevention of a crime – In certain situations, the use of violence or force is allowed to prevent a crime.
- Self defense, defense of property, or defense of others – Force can legally be used to stop physical harm to oneself, someone else, or to prevent the harm or theft of an individual’s possessions.
The South Carolina assault and battery defense lawyers at the Strom Law Firm, LLC can provide for defense on charges of:
- Assault and battery
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Gang-related assault
- School fighting
- Disorderly conduct
- Resisting arrest
- Battery on a police officer
- Domestic violence
- Sexual assault
Being arrested or investigated for a crime can mean many things. It does not mean is that you are guilty or that you have no rights.
For experienced criminal defense attorneys who will fight for you whether it’s an assault and battery of high and aggravated nature, or first, second, or third degree charge. Call or contact us in Columbia, South Carolina, today.