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Defense Lawyers For People Charged With Assault

Under New Hampshire law, there are many different types of assault allegations.

First-Degree Assault

The first and most serious is first-degree assault. First-degree assault is a class A felony. A person commits this crime when he or she purposely causes serious bodily injury to another person or knowingly causes bodily injury to another person with a deadly weapon.

Second-Degree Assault

Second-degree assault is a class B felony. A person most commonly commits this crime when he knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another person or recklessly causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon.

Simple Assault

Simple assault is usually charged as a Class A misdemeanor. A person commits this crime when he purposely or knowingly causes bodily injury or unprivileged physical contact to another person, recklessly causes bodily injury to another person or negligently causes bodily injury to another person with a deadly weapon.

Reckless Conduct

Reckless conduct can either be a misdemeanor or a felony. It is a misdemeanor if a person recklessly engages in conduct which places or may place another person in danger of serious bodily injury. It is a felony if the person uses a deadly weapon during the offense.

Criminal Threatening

Criminal threatening can either be a misdemeanor or a felony. It is most generally understood as threatening harm to someone. A person commits this crime if he purposely places or attempts to place another person in fear of imminent bodily injury or physical conduct or threatens to commit a crime against another person with a purpose to coerce or terrorize that person. Criminal threatening is a misdemeanor unless the person uses a deadly weapon. Then it is a Class B felony.

Discuss Your Options

If you are charged with assault, you need an experienced and effective criminal defense attorney to represent you immediately. Because assault is a misdemeanor or felony-level charge, a person convicted of it may be sent to the House of Corrections or New Hampshire State Prison. The criminal defense lawyers at Wilson, Bush & Keefe have a proven record of success to defend you when you need it the most.

If you face charges, call us at 603-821-4802, or contact our firm online. On weekends, or after 5 pm, call us at 603-809-0070.