Nashua Assault Lawyers
Level of Assault Charges in New Hampshire
Assault is a serious criminal accusation that can lead to years in prison and thousands in fines. Merely touching someone's body without consent can be considered assault, as well as hitting, poking, or pushing another. If you are facing assault charges, your rights and liberty are in jeopardy, and you will need an experienced attorney to defend you.
Assault charges include:
- Simple Assault
- First Degree Assault
- Second Degree Assault
One of many examples of our firm’s successes for our clients involves a case in October of 2016, when Attorney Fricano successfully defended a client who was accused of second degree assault. After deliberating for about two hours, the jury returned a finding of not guilty. Attorney Fricano successfully argued that his client acted in self-defense, and he can similarly evaluate your case to determine your potential avenues of defense.
With over 50 years of experience and a former prosecutor on our team, the Law Office of Chadwick-Fricano-Weber can put up a strong fight for you in court. Schedule an initial consultation online or at (603) 823-3314 to get started on your defense today.
Simple Assault Charges
Simple assault is the lowest level of assault charge and are generally considered misdemeanors. According to New Hampshire law, a person commits the crime of simple assault when they:
- purposely or knowingly cause bodily injury (e.g., a bruise) or use physical contact (e.g. kicking) on another person without consent;
- recklessly cause bodily injury to someone;
- negligently cause bodily injury to someone by using a deadly weapon.
Note that in the context of simple assault law, an individual acts purposely when they intend to cause a particular result or engage in a particular conduct, and they act knowingly when they are aware of the nature of their conduct. For example, an individual could be accused of simple assault if they intentionally strike another.
Simple assault is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000. Simple assault during mutual combat, however, is a special situation punishable by a fine of $1,000.
First and Second Degree Assault
In more serious circumstances, assault could be charged at the felony level, such as with first or second degree assault.
First degree assault is when a person:
- causes serious bodily injury to another; or
- purposefully or knowingly causes bodily injury to another by means of a deadly weapon.
First degree assault is a Class A felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $4,000. It is a charge not to be taken lightly.
Similarly, second degree assault occurs when a person:
- knowingly or recklessly causes serious bodily injury to another;
- recklessly causes bodily injury by means of a deadly weapon;
- purposefully or knowingly engages in the strangulation of another person;
- recklessly or negligently causes injury to another resulting in miscarriage or stillbirth; or
- knowingly or recklessly causes serious bodily injury to a person under age 13.
Second degree assault is charged as a Class B felony that carries up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $4,000.
Let Us Steer Your Case to Victory
If you are facing assault accusations in Nashua, whether for a misdemeanor of simple assault or felony of first or second degree assault, consult an experienced assault attorney for legal representation immediately. The consequences upon conviction can seriously impact your future, so it is critical that you enlist the help of a lawyer to fight for your defense. The Law Office of Chadwick-Fricano-Weber has over 50 years of legal experience and can handle your defense with deft hands. Let our firm steer your case to victory as best as we can, like we have for our past clients.
Contact the Law Office of Chadwick-Fricano-Weber online or at (603) 823-3314 to learn more.
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