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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 Assault Charges

  • Simple Assault (O.R.C. 2903.13) - knowingly or recklessly causing or attempting to cause physical harm to another or another's unborn.
  • Aggravated Assault (O.R.C. 2903.12) - knowingly cause serious physical harm to another or to another's unborn by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance.
  • Negligent Assault (O.R.C. 2903.14) - knowingly causing physical harm to another or another's unborn by negligent use of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordnance.
  • Felonious Assault (O.R.C. 2903.11) - knowingly causing physical harm to another or another's unborn, use of a deadly weapon, or engaging in sexual conduct while HIV positive without disclosing it, sexual conduct with someone lacking mental capacity, or an individual under 18.
  • Vehicular Assault (O.R.C. 2903.08) - causing serious injury to another person by operating a vehicle recklessly (may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol), or injuring someone in a construction zone by driving recklessly or speeding.
  • Aggravated Vehicular Assault (O.R.C. 2903.09) - causing serious physical harm to another person by operating a vehicle recklessly (may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol), or injuring someone in a construction zone by driving recklessly or speeding.
  • Vehicular Manslaughter (O.R.C. 2903.06) - causing the death of another driver by violating minor traffic ordinance.
  • Menacing (O.R.C. 2903.22) - knowingly causing a person to feel threat of physical harm, damage to property, family, and causes mental distress.
  • Aggravated Menacing (O.R.C. 2903.21) - knowingly cause another to believe harm will come to them through serious physical harm to the person or property, unborn, or a member of the person's immediate family.
  • Menacing by Stalking (O.R.C. 2903.211) - knowingly engaging in a pattern of conduct that causes the victim to believe they will experience physical harm.

Ohio Assault Penalties

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

  • Simple Assault is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by a six-month jail sentence and fines up to $1,000.
  • Aggravated Assault is a fourth-degree felony and can lead to prison sentences between 18 months and six years with a $5,000 fine.
  • Negligent Assault is a third-degree misdemeanor with a potential sentence of up to 60 days in jail and a fine of $500.
  • Felonious Assault is a second-degree felony punishable by a prison sentence between two and eight years with a $20,000 fine.
  • Vehicular Assault is a fourth-degree felony. Potential penalties include 18 months in prison and loss of your license for 5 years.
  • Aggravated Vehicular Assault is a third-degree felony punishable by five years' prison and loss of your driver's license for ten years.
  • Vehicular Manslaughter 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 is a fourth-degree misdemeanor assault charge carrying a potential sentence of 70 days in jail and a $250 fine.
  • Aggravated Menacing is a first-degree misdemeanor that can lead to a six-month jail sentence and $1,000 fine.
  • Menacing by Stalking is a first-degree misdemeanor crime punishable by six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Don't Wait to Contact Our Cleveland Defense Attorneys

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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