Are there Defenses to Assault and Battery Charges?
In Montana, assault is categorized as a misdemeanor offense. According to the state's assault statute, a person can be charged with assault if they intentionally or knowingly cause bodily injury to another person, make physical contact of an insulting or provoking nature, or create a reasonable apprehension of bodily injury in another individual. Additionally, if a person negligently causes bodily injury to another with a weapon, it can also be considered assault.
On the other hand, aggravated assault is classified as a felony offense in Montana. Aggravated assault occurs when a person purposely or knowingly inflicts serious bodily injury upon another person or when they cause reasonable apprehension of serious bodily injury or death through the use of physical force or contact.
Assault with a weapon is another felony assault offense in Montana. It involves a person intentionally or knowingly causing bodily injury to another person using a weapon or causing reasonable apprehension of serious bodily injury in another by using a weapon or something that appears to be a weapon.
It's important to note that these definitions and classifications may vary depending on the specific language and interpretation of Montana law. If you have specific questions or concerns about assault charges, it's advisable to consult with a legal professional who specializes in criminal law in Montana.
People can have certain valid defenses in these cases that may include:
It is important for people facing assault charges to have strong legal representation to ensure their rights are protected and that they receive a fair defense. A skilled Billings assault attorney can provide guidance, build a strong defense strategy, and advocate on behalf of the defendant throughout the legal process.
Some people could plead to lesser charges to avoid more severe sentences. Plea bargaining involves pleading guilty to reduced charges or a lower sentence. If you are considering accepting a plea bargain, it’s critical to retain an attorney so you can be sure that you get the best deal possible.
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Scheveck & Salminen Law, PLLC aggressively defends clients facing all kinds of assault charges in Montana. Contact our firm to arrange a free consultation.