Experience Matters In Defending Clients Charged With Assault And Battery
Assault and battery cases often hinge on how law enforcement interprets what they see in the aftermath of an assault. Conflicting stories and heightened emotions would make it difficult for anyone to get a clear picture of what really happened. This is especially true when the arrest is based on threats of violence rather than an actual attack. You have the right to defend yourself from threats of physical violence within reason, but who is to say what is within reason? Police officers have to determine what really happened and, in some cases, who should be charged. It takes an experienced attorney to understand how to untangle what are often complicated assault and battery cases.
I am attorney Terry L. Pierce. For more than 30 years, I have defended clients against assault and battery charges. Remember that an arrest is not a guilty verdict; it merely sets the legal process in motion. If you are facing assault and battery charges, I will use my skills and experience to work tirelessly to defend your rights.
Understanding Oklahoma Assault And Battery Laws
Although assault and battery are often charged in the same arrest, they are separate charges. Assault charges are based on a willful attempt or threats of violence to harm another person. Battery is the willful use of violence on another person. When these crimes are committed against a family member, the crime is domestic abuse and carries harsher penalties than simple assault and battery charges.
Overarching categories of Oklahoma assault and battery laws include:
- Assault and battery
- Aggravated assault and battery
- Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon
- Domestic abuse
- Shooting with intent to kill
When these crimes are committed against court officers, law enforcement officers or other first responders, the charges and penalties are escalated. This is also true when these crimes are committed against a school employee by a student or the parent of a student.
Aggressive And Innovative Legal Defense Strategies
For three decades I have counseled and represented clients facing assault and battery charges. My method is to take an exhaustive approach to gathering evidence and create a defense strategy based on the unique circumstances of your case while tapping insights I have acquired throughout my career. There are several approaches to defending clients charged with assault and battery. In some cases, the defense is to show that the charges are without merit because the force used was in self-defense or a reasonable response to the situation. Sometimes getting the charges dropped isn’t possible, and negotiating reduced charges with less severe penalties is the best option. No matter what the circumstances are surrounding your case, I will work tirelessly to minimize penalties and protect your rights.
If You Are Facing Assault And Battery Charges, Contact Me Today
To schedule a consultation to discuss the charges against you, call my Norman office at 405-489-4964 or fill out my online contact form. These cases are often complex, so the sooner you reach out to me, the better.