An Assault 4 or Assault 4 Domestic Violence charge can be made in a situation where there is a dispute between two parties, and one party intends to harm the other party.
An Assault 4 charge requires that the injured party feared actual harm would occur even if there was no actual physical contact. Assault 4 can be charged where there was any kind of physical contact made that would be considered offensive.
The Domestic Violence classification is added to an Assault 4 charge when the individual charged with Assault 4 has a certain relationship with the party harmed. The relationship can be that the parties are family members, in a romantic relationship, or living together as roommates.
Assault 4 or Assault 4 Domestic Violence charges are fairly easy to make because there does not have to be a showing of actual physical injury to the party harmed. Also, many actions can fall under the umbrella of being offensive to another.
The consequences of a conviction for Assault 4 or Assault 4 Domestic Violence can be long-lasting. Therefore, it is important that you choose a lawyer who you feel comfortable with to represent you in your case and who is knowledgeable about the law. Anderson Hunter has the trial experience necessary, and will provide you with exceptional representation.
Consequences for a Conviction
Assault 4 and Assault 4 Domestic Violence are gross misdemeanors, meaning they are punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a $5,000.00 fine.
Can result in a no-contact order.
- It is a gross misdemeanor to violate a no-contact order.
- It is a felony if a third violation of a no-contact order with two previous convictions of violations of that no-contact order.
Can result in the loss of your right to possess a firearm.
- It is a felony to unlawfully possess a firearm.
Can cause immigration consequences for non-citizens.
Can result in mandatory court-ordered treatment in a state certified Domestic Violence Batterer’s Intervention program.
You can avoid a conviction of an Assault 4 or Assault 4 Domestic Violence if you are acting in self-defense, or in the defense of another person. The question will be whether the force you used to defend yourself was reasonable. In some courts, you will be awarded attorney's fees if you are successful in proving you acted in self-defense or defense of another.