Aggravated assault lawyers are here if you need us. If you are charged with a specific kind of assault, you may be wondering what the differences are and what it can mean for your case. The two kinds of assaults, simple assault and aggravated assault, may seem like the same thing at first glance, but it is important to understand the differences and what the distinction between the two means for you.
Simple assault is classified as a misdemeanor and can carry a small fine and little to no jail time if convicted. Examples of simple assault include minor injuries, touching or grabbing of an individual, or using threatening words or behavior toward an individual.
Aggravated assault, on the other hand, is classified as a felony, which means that it is punishable with steep fines and prison sentences that can be quite lengthy if convicted. Additionally, a felony has the ability to absolutely ruin a person’s life, costing him or her job opportunities, the right to vote, the right to purchase firearms and even the ability to travel outside the country. Some examples of aggravated assault include inflicting serious injuries upon an individual, pulling and using a weapon, or attempting to use a weapon on an individual. In fact, if a person were to aim a gun at another person, he or she could be charged with aggravated assault even if he or she never had any intention of pulling the trigger.
Assault charges, whether simple or aggravated, are never favorable and can negatively impact your life regardless of the level of severity. It is best to avoid altercations that could result in assault charges altogether. However, if you have been charged with simple or aggravated assault and are in need of an experienced Boulder CO Assault and Battery attorney, contact Attorney Paul Stuber at 303-351-5140 to schedule your free initial consultation.