Assault and Battery Attorney in Washington, D.C. & Virginia
Efficiently Defending Clients Against Criminal Accusations
While most incidents of Assault and Battery are misdemeanors, some are charged as felonies if the victim qualifies for a special classification. If you have been charged with Simple Assault or Assault and Battery in Virginia or Washington, D.C., an aggressive criminal defense attorney from S.L. England, PLLC, can build the strongest defense for you.
A person commits Simple Assault when they cause another person apprehension of imminent physical harm, such as by making threats while in a position to carry out those threats. Simple assault also occurs from a failed attempt at battery. It does not involve the use of weapons or physical contact with the victim.
Assault & Battery
A person commits Assault and Battery when they have intentionally harmful physical contact with another person. Teachers and school employees cannot be charged with Assault and Battery for using force to maintain order on school property or at school events.
Some Assault and Battery victims fall into a special classification that makes the crime automatically a Class 6 felony with a mandatory minimum of six months confinement.
- judges or magistrates
- law enforcement officers
- correctional officers
Additionally, health care workers in hospitals and emergency rooms have a separate special classification. To qualify for special classification, the victim must be acting in their line of duty at the time of the assault.
Have You Been Charged With Simple Assault & Battery?
Whether you have been charged with misdemeanor or felony Assault and Battery, the experienced attorneys at S.L. England, PLLC, can navigate the criminal justice system while building the strongest defense for you. Our attorneys understand that you may have been acting in self-defense or that the physical contact with the other person was unintentional. Virginia law is very clear that the act must be intentional.
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