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Mississippi law has harsh penalties for those convicted of assault, a crime defined as the attempt to cause bodily harm to another person. It may be “simple” or “aggravated,” depending on the intent of the accused and degree of harm caused to the alleged victim. Simple assault charges can be upgraded to aggravated assault charges quite easily, depending on the circumstances of the alleged crime and the type of victim involved. and you should take this possibility seriously, because this is a felony and a conviction will carry harsh penalties.
Every case and each individual we represent is different, and so is our approach to their case. If you or a loved one were arrested for assault in Rankin County, don’t hesitate to contact our legal team as soon as possible for skillful legal representation.
Arrange your free initial consultation with our assault defense attorneys at Hancock Law Firm, PLLC by dialing (601) 853-2223.
What Is Assault per Mississippi Law?
Simple and aggravated assault are two separate charges in Mississippi. One usually involves relatively minor injuries that were caused by negligent or reckless conduct, and if the intent was not to injure someone. Aggravated charges are those that caused fairly extensive injuries and there was clear intent to injure another person. However, a simple assault charge can be upgraded to an aggravated one if the victim was a “special” victim, such as an emergency service provider, law enforcement, senior adults, and others.
Mississippi’s criteria for assault include:
- The perpetrator attempted to physically injure another individual.
- The accused person intentionally or recklessly caused physical harm to the other person.
- The suspect negligently caused bodily injury to someone with a deadly weapon.
- The defendant made threats causing another person to feel afraid of their physical safety.
At Hancock Law Firm, PLLC, Our Goal Is to Protect the Falsely Accused
All accusations of assault should be taken seriously, and yet, there are false allegations of assault all the time. This is usually the case if the alleged victim is particularly bitter or vindictive, and may be the case if one estranged spouse wants the other to suffer. In other cases, the alleged victim may want to drop charges, but they cannot because the state of Mississippi is responsible for pursuing conviction and not the victim.
Being convicted of aggravated assault carries severe consequences, including up to 5 years in prison and hefty fines. Beyond that, it could impact your career, your family life, and more. Our attorneys will take the time to review the facts of your case and provide guidance on a solid defense strategy. In the best-case scenario, your charges will be dismissed, or our attorneys will be able to reach an agreement with the prosecution for reducing charges to keep you out of jail. If the prosecution refuses to budge, our lawyers are prepared to take your case to trial if the facts of the case warrant it.
If you’ve been arrested and charged with assault, don’t wait to get in touch with our assault defense attorneys in Rankin County at Hancock Law Firm, PLLC. Contact us today by dialing (601) 853-2223.
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