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Defending against assault charges with self-defense

According to the Maryland Criminal Code, you may be charged with first- or second-degree assault for placing someone in imminent fear of physical harm. A serious threat of violence, a serious physical injury, or an assault with a deadly weapon, would all qualify as first-degree assault. Courts will consider whether the injury creates a substantial risk of death or causes permanent injuries or impairments when determining whether an injury is "serious."

Maryland massage therapist facing assault charges

Assault charges can have serious consequences that could have a long-term effect on the accused and their family. According to Maryland Criminal Code, Section 3-202, an assault conviction can result in up to 25 years in prison for a first-degree assault and up to 10 years in prison, plus $2,500 in fines for a second degree misdemeanor assault. If the assault was sexual in nature, the alleged perpetrator may be charged with a sexual offense. For instance, one may be charged with a fourth degree sexual offense Maryland.

When can a person face felony assault charges in Maryland?

While being convicted of a misdemeanor has very big effects, felony convictions are even more severe. Having a felony on one’s record can have deep career impacts for a person. It also can affect his or her everyday life in some major ways. So, it can be a very serious situation when accusations lead to a person facing felony charges. Skilled defense lawyers can advise individuals facing such charges on what steps they can take towards safeguarding their future.

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