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Columbia Assault Defense Attorneys

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Assault crimes are defined in various ways with varying penalties depending on how violent or damaging the action done and on the type of victim involved. These offenses may be charged as either a misdemeanor or felony. Either way, a conviction leads to a permanent criminal record, potential jail time, heavy fines, and possibly other court-ordered penalties.

A strong defense is required to avoid or reduce such penalties. The Columbia assault attorneys at Murray Law Firm have handled all kinds of assault and other criminal offenses with thousands of hours of courtroom experience. Our firm can provide the tough defense and full legal support needed when you are facing an unsympathetic judge or jury. We know how overwhelming it can be at these critical times and will put our shoulder to the wheel to maximize your chances for success throughout the legal process.

Charged with assault? Reach out to our Columbia assault attorney at Murray Law Firm through our online form or at (573) 227-6040.

What Is Assault & How Is It Charged in Missouri?

Assault is generally defined as the attempt to cause or actual action of causing physical pain, injury or illness to another person.

Factors that may be relevant to the offense can include:

  • Recklessness
  • The use of a firearm, another dangerous weapon, or assault with a vehicle
  • Domestic violence
  • Special victims, such as law enforcement, emergency technicians, parole or probation officers, highway workers, and more
  • Being intoxicated or under the influence of drugs
  • Criminal negligence
  • Prior assault convictions

The factors above will influence the degree of the misdemeanor or felony charge you face. Misdemeanors range from A to D while felonies range from A to E, with A being the most serious in both cases. Misdemeanor convictions are punishable by up to a year of jail time and fines ranging from $700 up to $2,000. Felony convictions are punishable by four up to 30 years in prison.

How Long Do You Go to Jail for 1st Degree Assault?

In the state of Missouri, first degree assault is the most serious level of assault and has the most severe penalties. First degree assault charges can be a class A or class B felony depending on if serious physical injury was inflicted on the victim.

The possible penalties for 1st degree assault include:

  • Class A felony: 10 to 30 years or life imprisonment
  • Class B felony: five to 15 years’ imprisonment

Your Choice of a Columbia Assault Lawyer

Your choice of an attorney is crucial when it comes to criminal defense. Experience matters in every profession and this is especially true when dealing with the law and courts. As Columbia assault lawyers, we know our way around a courtroom and have honed our legal skills through decades of practice. Let us put our experience to work for you.

Facing assault charges? Schedule your free consultation today by contacting our Columbia assault lawyer online or at (573) 227-6040.

Why Choose Murray Law Firm

  • Compassion

    We help our clients take the necessary steps to get their lives back on track. We care about you and your future.

  • Experience

    Our team brings over 40 years of experience in the courtroom. We've successfully handled thousands of cases.

  • Local

    Our lead attorney received both degrees from Mizzou and has spent his career committed to fighting for his neighbors.

  • Affordable

    All initial consultations are free. We also offer affordable legal fees and flexible payment plans.

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