Under Virginia law, simple assault, or assault and battery, is classified as a Class 1 misdemeanor. Like all Class 1 crimes, it is punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. Additionally, an assault conviction will stay on your record for life. Assault cases can be very complicated; if you are facing an assault charge in Virginia, having an attorney who understands assault law is essential to makng sure your rights are protected.
Assault cases in Virginia are quite unusual (even when compared to other violent crimes), and are therefore handled in a unique way. Unlike most other charges, which usually must be brought by police officers, assault charges can be (and often are) brought by private citizens. The fact that one citizen can charge another with assault without a police officer’s involvement means those cases may not be as thoroughly investigated. Accordingly, it is extremely important that your lawyer knows how to conduct an investigation and uncover facts that may be beneficial to your case. If you are charged with assault, it is important to act quickly, as witnesses and evidence become more difficult to find as time goes on.
At the Law Office of Faraji Rosenthall, our experience with both conducting investigations and discovering evidence has been used to help assault defendants all throughout Virginia. Call us at (703) 934-0101 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about your pending assault case.