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I've Been Charged with Assault. What's Next?

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A physical assault charge can change your life. Whether at the felony or misdemeanor level, a conviction can lock you out of employment opportunities, housing-even higher education. Some assault charges can also land you on the state's sex offender registry, and you stand a good chance of serving time if convicted.

When you've been charged under Ohio's assault statutes, you need prompt representation by a Cleveland assault lawyer. At Patituce & Associates, we provide our clients with top-quality legal advice and represent their interests from the time of the arrest forward. Let us help you understand your legal options in the face of an assault charge.

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Ohio charges assault in several categories. The penalties vary depending on the severity of the crime:

  • Assault (O.R.C. 2903.13) is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by a six-month jail sentence and fines up to $1,000.
  • Aggravated Assault (O.R.C. 2903.12) is a fourth-degree felony and can lead to prison sentences between 18 months and six years with a $5,000 fine.
  • Negligent Assault (O.R.C. 2903.14) is a third-degree misdemeanor with a potential sentence of up to 60 days in jail and a fine of $500.
  • Felonious Assault (O.R.C. 2903.11) is a second-degree felony punishable by a prison sentence between two and eight years with a $20,000 fine.
  • Vehicular Assault (O.R.C. 2903.08) is a fourth-degree felony. Potential penalties include 18 months in prison and loss of your license for 5 years.
  • Aggravated Vehicular Assault (O.R.C. 2903.09) is a third-degree felony punishable by five years' prison and loss of your driver's license for ten years.
  • Vehicular Manslaughter (O.R.C. 2903.06) is a second-degree misdemeanor assault charge, and conviction carries a 90-day sentence, license suspension for up to three years, and a $750 fine.
  • Menacing (O.R.C. 2903.22) is a fourth-degree misdemeanor assault charge carrying a potential sentence of 30 days in jail and a $250 fine.
  • Aggravated Menacing (O.R.C. 2903.21) is a first-degree misdemeanor that can lead to a six-month jail sentence and $1,000 fine.
  • Menacing by Stalking (O.R.C. 2903.211) is a first-degree misdemeanor crime punishable by six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

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When you've been charged with assault, put our team of former prosecutors to work for you. When you need tough defense that's with you every step of the way, Patituce & Associates delivers. Call us at (440) 709-8088 for a free consultation with an experienced Cleveland criminal defense attorney. We are here to protect you.

Client was accused with attempted murder and felonious assault for stabbing an individual with a knife during a fight. At trial we demonstrated that the prosecution’s witnesses were unreliable, that they had motives, and that some of the witnesses had even assisted in the assault on Mr. Betliskey. The client faced over a decade in prison, and the prosecution had offered a plea of three to five years in prison. Result: Not Guilty at Trial

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