There is a wide range of assaultive crimes in the state of Michigan. Assaultive crimes can range from an assault and battery to the more serious cases of assault with intent to commit murder. In Michigan, assault and battery, domestic violence, and aggravated assault are all misdemeanor cases. Penalties for those crimes can range up to one year in the county jail. Assaults that are punishable by greater than one year in the county jail, such as felonious assault and assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder, are examples of felony assaults.
As with all other crimes, assault charges are very serious. You will be facing potential jail and/or prison sentences ranging from 93 days for an assault and battery to life in prison for assault with intent to commit murder, in addition to heavy fines and costs and probation. A conviction can also impact your ability to carry a firearm as well as cause you to lose your ability to hunt. The impact of a conviction of this or any other crime could have an impact on future employment as well as financial aid for those pursuing their education.
In most assault cases the prosecutor will be relying on the testimony of witnesses that are generally not police officers in order to prove their case. Many times, the witnesses can be discredited as they may be in a state of intoxication or themselves be the aggressors. As skilled defense attorneys we are able to cross examine witnesses and discredit eyewitness accounts of prosecution witnesses.
In Michigan, a person has a right to defend themselves. Where a person has acted out of fear for their own safety or the safety of others, it may be possible to present a strong argument for self-defense. The prosecution in Michigan must prove the defendant did not act in self-defense if it can be properly demonstrated that one was acting out of fear for their own safety or the safety of others.
It is important for there to be a thorough investigation of each and every case. A thorough investigation would include interviewing all witnesses who could provide verification and/or other credible evidence to present a thorough and complete defense.
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