Assault and Batter are two different things. An assault charge does not require that any contact be made between the suspect and the alleged victim. All that is required is that the defendant placed the victim in reasonable apprehension of an imminent battery. An example would be a case where a suspect picks up a baseball bat and swings it at the victim. Even if the suspect makes no contact with the victim, the crime of assault has been committed because the victim will have been placed in fear of getting injured by the accused.
In some cases assault can be charged as a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail plus a fine . In other cases, assault can be charged as a felony offense where the defendant faces a possible prison sentence.
There are Diversion Programs available to some first time offenders. An experienced Assault Attorney can determine whether you are eligible for these diversion programs or even negotiate with the Prosecutor to allow, non-eligible offenders to qualify for diversion. Schmierlaw can help.
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