Washington, DC Assault Lawyer

When facing an assault charge in the District of Columbia, a skilled Washington, DC criminal lawyer can help you navigate through the complicated DC legal system. Here is some of the basic information you will need to know as you begin your defense. For your convenience, we have provided a more detailed examination of DC assault laws here.

Simple, Significant Injury, and Aggravated Assault

In Washington, DC, a person may be charged with simple assault (misdemeanor), assault with significant injury, or aggravated assault. Simple assault is when a person makes an attempt or effort, with the use of violence, to injure another person, and at the time of the attempt has the ability to injure the person. A Washington, DC simple assault charge also requires that the action is committed voluntarily and on purpose. A simple assault offense can also be charged under an “intent to frighten” theory. Simple assault convictions in Washington, DC are punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, as well as a period of imprisonment not to exceed 180 days.

In DC, assault with significant injury charge is when someone intended or knew that “significant bodily injury” would occur from his or her conduct. “Significant bodily injury” is defined as an injury that requires hospitalization or immediate medical attention. This offense carries a potential prison sentence of three years and/or a $12,500 fine.

The charge of aggravated assault is deemed applicable in DC if the accused knowingly or purposely caused serious bodily injury to another person. “Serious bodily injury” is defined as an injury that creates substantial risk of death, unconsciousness, extreme physical pain, or protracted and obvious disfigurement, as articulated under Section 22-404.01 of the DC Code. Any person convicted of an aggravated assault charge shall either be fined up to $25,000, imprisoned for not more than 10 years, or both. Any person convicted of attempted aggravated assault in DC shall be fined not more than $12,500 or be imprisoned for not more than five years, or both.

Retaining Legal Counsel

If you find yourself accused of assault charges in Washington, DC—whether simple assault, assault with significant injury, or aggravate assault—it is vital that you begin developing a defense using the assistance of an experienced District criminal lawyer. Attorney David Benowitz has the know-how to defend clients facing all different types of assault charges. Call (202) 529-9374 to schedule a free evaluation of your case and to get started building your assault defense today.