Knowledgeable Criminal Defense Attorney Representing Clients Facing Assault Charges in North Dakota
North Dakota law defines assault as the willful infliction of bodily injury to another person, or the harm of another person due an armed individual’s negligence. There are different categories of assault charges, such as domestic violence, aggravated assault, and reckless endangerment. People who have been convicted of assault face significant consequences, including jail time, costly fines, and limitations on future employment and housing options. If you are facing assault charges, you need to reach out to a skilled criminal defense attorney who can help you navigate the criminal justice system while vigorously defending your rights. Call the Law Office of Joe A. Johnson today to get started with a trusted criminal defense lawyer who has been protecting the rights of North Dakota residents for over two decades.
Assault Laws in North Dakota
There are many different factors that determine the type of assault charges that will be brought against you. Simple assault involves any display of force, such as a clenched fist, that indicates the intention to cause bodily harm to another, and most simple assaults are considered misdemeanors. If the assault involves a deadly weapon or firearm, the charge typically escalates to aggravated assault, which is usually considered to be a felony. Additionally, the charges vary depending on the degree of injury done to the alleged victim. If the victim suffers from an irreversible injury caused by the assault, the offense will be considered a Class B felony, carrying a 10-year prison sentence and a fine of $20,000.
Reckless Endangerment is a Form of Assault
When a person creates a substantial risk of injury or death for another person, this is considered reckless endangerment. Even if the alleged victim is not actually harmed, North Dakota law states that the perpetrator can be charged with reckless endangerment for displaying notable indifference to the value of human life. Depending on the circumstances of the event and the age of the alleged victim, reckless endangerment can be either a misdemeanor or a felony charge.
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The Law Office of Joe A. Johnson recognizes that your emotions can get the better of you and mistakes can happen. If you are facing assault charges in North Dakota, you need experienced and reliable legal representation that can help you understand what to expect and how to fight for the best possible outcome. Call us today to work with a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney who will treat you with the compassion and honesty you deserve during this challenging time.