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Our experience is your best defense

If you are facing an assault accusation, you need competent counsel who can prove your case and avoid a conviction. At Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A., our attorneys have more than 20 years of combined experience defending clients against assault charges. When you hire us, we put our insight and knowledge to work for you. We get to know you and all the details of your case so we can establish a prudent, effective defense.

Ohio’s definitions of assault and how they affect you

The following charges can be brought against you in an assault accusation:

  • Negligent Assault: The lowest level of assault charge and a third-degree misdemeanor, negligent assault is causing harm to someone by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance used in a manner that disregards the safety of others.
  • Simple Assault: This first-degree misdemeanor charge asserts that you knowingly or recklessly caused harm to someone, including an unborn child. However, there are many circumstances that can elevate simple assault to a felony charge. When lawyers or judges refer to assault, they usually mean simple assault.
  • Felonious Assault: The most serious classification, assault becomes a second-degree felony if it causes serious physical harm or if an attempt to harm involved a deadly weapon.
  • Aggravated Assault: A felony assault is a fourth-degree felony if the defendant committed the offense while in a fit of rage or under the influence of sudden, powerful emotion brought on by serious provocation.

Building your defense against assault charges

There are two sides to every story, especially when it comes to an assault case. If you are charged with assault in any form, regardless of whether the accusation is true, chances are there is a reason. Whether it was a domestic dispute, an attack on your person or a simple misunderstanding, our attorneys examine the facts of the case and determine exactly why charges were brought against you. Then we establish a strong defense that tells your side of the story and highlights relevant aspects in an effort to get your charges reduced or altogether dropped. Our strategy may include proving that you were in a state of heightened stress or that you acted in self-defense.

Get in touch with a Columbus law firm

When you have been charged with assault, you need a strong defense team. Call Yavitch & Palmer Co., L.P.A. at 614.224.6142 or use our web contact form to arrange an appointment at our downtown Columbus office to discuss your case. Evening and weekend appointments are available when necessary.

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