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Knoxville Assault Defense Attorney

Campbell County Assault Defense Attorney

Lawyer for Clients Charged With Violent Crimes in Anderson County and Knox County, TN

When you are facing charges of assault, the attorney you choose to represent you can have an effect on the outcome of your case. It is important to select a lawyer who will work hard and who is committed to protecting your best interests at every stage of the proceedings. At The Law Office of William F. Evans, we are ready and willing to provide the aggressive, responsible representation you need during a difficult time.

Assault Charges in Tennessee

Tennessee law gives three distinct definitions of assault. A person can be charged with assault for:

  1. “Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly” causing injury to another person. Punching someone or throwing something that hits someone would be considered assault according to this definition.
  2. “Intentionally or knowingly” causing another person reasonable fear of imminent injury. A raised hand or a thrown object that misses would fall under this definition.
  3. “Intentionally or knowingly” causing physical contact with another person that a reasonable person would consider to be “extremely offensive or provocative.” Poking someone in the chest during an argument, for example, would be considered assault by this definition.

Assault, as defined by the first two definitions, is a Class A misdemeanor, carrying penalties of up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and fines of up to $1,500. The third definition constitutes a Class B misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.

Aggravating Factors for Assault in Blount County

While simple assault is a serious offense, there are many ways in which simple assault can be elevated to aggravated assault. An assault that causes serious bodily injury to the victim or that involves the use of a deadly weapon could result in aggravated assault charges. The alleged perpetrator’s intent is also a factor in the severity of aggravated assault charges and the associated penalties. An aggravated assault that is committed intentionally, for example, is a Class C felony, while one that is committed as a result of recklessness is a Class D felony.

In addition to simple assault and aggravated assault, Tennessee law also recognizes domestic assault as a separate offense. Domestic assault refers to the actions described above when there is a legally-defined domestic relationship between the alleged perpetrator and victim. Domestic assault is a Class A misdemeanor, and the severity of the charges may be increased depending on the circumstances of the case.

Protecting Your Rights

Attorney William Evans knows that allegations of assault can affect your life in many ways. In addition to the possibility of a conviction, you may also suffer damage to your personal and professional reputation. If you have been charged with any type of assault, it is important to contact us right away. Police officers may ask you questions about the alleged incident, but you should never answer them or sign anything without a lawyer present. You could inadvertently provide the police with details that could ultimately be used against you.

Our experienced criminal defense attorney will conduct a full investigation into your arrest and the details that led to it. From there, we will start building a case designed to minimize the impact on your future. We will also ensure that your rights are fully protected every step of the way.

Call 423-449-7980 Today

To learn more about our firm and how we can help you defend against assault charges, contact our office. Call 423-449-7980 to schedule a free consultation. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience. Our firm serves clients in Knoxville, North Knoxville, West Knoxville, Alcoa, Farragut, Karns, Hardin Valley, Oak Ridge, Clinton, Knox County, Anderson County, Blount County, and the surrounding communities.

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