Sevierville Assault Lawyers

Crimes against the person are strictly prosecuted in Sevierville and throughout the state of Tennessee, but being arrested for an assault crime does not necessarily mean you are guilty. Misleading or weak evidence and/or false accusations can lead to unlawful prosecution and without an effective defense, to an unjust conviction. Though you are innocent until proven guilty, this does not change the fact that an arrest can leave you feeling very anxious about your future. In order to avoid facing excessive charges or unjust prosecution, it is imperative that you are well informed of your legal rights and retain the services of an experienced Sevierville Tennessee criminal defense attorney.

Assault Defined

According to the Tennessee Code Annotate, a person commits the crime of assault if they knowingly, intentionally, or recklessly cause bodily injury to another; knowingly or intentionally cause another to "reasonably fear imminent bodily injury; or knowingly or intentionally cause physical contact with another that would be considered inordinately provocative or offensive by a reasonable person."

By this definition, a person does not even need to actually cause physical harm to be charged with assault. Even a threat can be considered assault if the person being threatened reasonably fears for their immediate physical safety. While this is the basis for many assault accusations, it is also the basis of defense. Proving that the fear of physical harm is genuine and reasonable is not easy and often based on weak evidence which can be refuted by a knowledgeable defense attorney.

Penalties

If a person is convicted of assault, they will be charged with a Class A or B misdemeanor, which is punishable by no more than one year in jail and a fine no greater than $2,500; unless the assault was committed against a law enforcement officer, in which case the fine may increase to $5,000.

Other Assault Crimes

Aside from the crime of assault mentioned above, there are a variety of other assaultive offenses punishable by Tennessee law, some more severely. These other offenses include, but are not limited to:

Defending Your Rights, Protecting Your Future

Being accused of a crime, whether minor or serious, can adversely impact your future. An important step in effectively defending your rights is being informed of your legal rights and options. The experienced Sevierville assault defense lawyers at Baker & Associates have a thorough understanding of Tennessee law and criminal procedure. We are prepared to defend your rights against the prosecution’s tactics and will build a strong defense on your behalf. To speak to one of our attorneys about your particular situation and find out more about how we can help preserve your freedom, contact us for a consultation today at (865) 546-6000.


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Knoxville, Tennessee 37929

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