Assault

A Spectrum Of Charges With A Range Of Penalties

The word "assault," in legal parlance, covers several different crimes. It can mean simple assault, which can include a push, slap or punch characteristic of a bar fight. Aggravated assault is a more serious charge that involves use of a weapon, or an attack on a protected class of people (certain helping professions or elderly/vulnerable persons). Domestic assault is an alleged attack on a member of a family or household. Assault charges can result in serious penalties, including jail time, fines or even the lifelong loss of your right to carry a handgun. If you're facing assault charges of any kind, it's important to contact a criminal defense lawyer who can protect your rights and create the strongest possible defense against the state's case. In the Knoxville, Tennessee, area, call my law firm, Scott C. Frith, Attorney at Law, at 865-525-4000 to schedule a free initial consultation, or write to me online to tell me what happened.

An assault conviction could mean you lose the right to possess a firearm.

Domestic Assault Is Prosecuted By The State

If you've been charged with domestic assault, it's important to understand that while your family member or spouse may have called the police, he or she is not the one who is prosecuting you. It's the state's job to prosecute people who have been charged with a crime. Your spouse or family member has not hired the state to do this; it's just how the legal system works. In fact, oftentimes spouses who have gotten into a fight that ends with a domestic assault charge want to get back together and drop the charges, but they can't because of the state's case against one of them. Whether this is the situation in your case or you are trying to fight trumped up charges when you're facing these kinds of charges, you need an experienced assault attorney on your side. I can provide a vigorous defense to protect your rights, reputation, finances and future opportunities.

Want to get an old assault charge cleared from your record? Call my office to discuss the possibility of getting an expungement.

Find Out How Pleading The Frith Can Help You

An assault charge can bring serious consequences; particularly for an aggravated assault charge. Whether you've been charged with simple or aggravated assault, against a stranger or a member of your own household, an experienced criminal defense attorney can protect your rights and build the best possible case against the charges you face. I offer free initial consultations so you can get the information you need about what a strong defense in your case would require. Call my office today at 865-525-4000 or email me to fill me in on what happened.