It's difficult to know what to do after receiving a simple assault charge. Many who have been charges with disorderly conduct, simple battery, or another simple assault charge, do nothing, in the hopes that the court will look favorably on the case. Unfortunately, without the right legal representation, the chances are good that you could be convicted of a crime. If you live in New Hampshire, you can count on criminal defense attorneys, Ryan Russman and Jerome Blanchard to protect your rights at all costs.
Understand the Laws Surrounding Simple Battery or Simple Assault
NH criminal laws are specific when it comes to simple assault. Broadly defined, the code states that:
NH Rev Stat § 631:2-a – Simple Assault:
I. A person is guilty of simple assault if he:
(a) Purposely or knowingly causes bodily injury or unprivileged physical contact to another; or
(b) Recklessly causes bodily injury to another; or
(c) Negligently causes bodily injury to another by means of a deadly weapon.
II. Simple assault is a misdemeanor unless committed in a fight entered into by mutual consent, in which case it is a violation.
Simple assault charges do not bring simple penalties. If convicted of simple battery or disorderly conduct, you could face a permanent misdemeanor charge on your record. In addition you could also face:
- Court fees
- Restraining orders
- Time spent in jail
- Mandatory anger management counseling
The severity of your punishment depends on the type and the circumstances of the crime. If you are charged with burglary or domestic assault in addition to a simple assault charge, you could be facing Class B or Class A felonies.
You are gambling with your life when you hope for the best in court. If you have a strong case presented by a qualified NH criminal defense attorney, you have the opportunity to have your charges significantly reduced or even dropped. Ryan Russman and Jerome Blanchard provide the defense, research, and legal experience you need to set the record straight and protect you from unnecessary punishment.
Other Misdemeanor Assault Charges
Misdemeanor assault charges usually result when the court determines that the crime committed is severe enough to mar an individual's record. Illegal possession of steroids, small burglary or theft crimes (not exceeding $500) or intentionally causing bodily harm all qualify for a misdemeanor assault charge. Other charges like simple battery or domestic assault may increase the misdemeanor conviction to a felony.
Attorney Russman understands the severity of all charges, regarding simple assault or battery. A number of other NH attorneys may be able to represent you, but only Russman has the skills and the experience to get you the results you want for your case.
Call on an NH Criminal Defense Attorney
It's imperative that you contact NH criminal defense attorneys, Ryan Russman and Jerome Blanchard for your free consultation as soon as you are charged or receive notice of an impending charge. What you say and what you do in the moments after you have been charged with a crime can make a large difference in the outcome of your case. Contact Ryan Russman now.