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Defense for Assault Charges in North Carolina

Assault occurs when an individual causes bodily injuries or threatens to injure another individual. An NC assault charge can be brought even if no injuries resulted. Merely threatening or attempting to injure an individual can still result in an assault charge. If you are being charged with any type of misdemeanor or felony assault charge, consult an experienced Wilmington NC assault defense attorney at James F. Rutherford, Attorney at Law.

In North Carolina, assault can be categorized as:

  • Assault
  • Affray (fight between multiple people in public)
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Assault that causes serious injuries
  • Assault by strangulation
  • Assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury
  • Assault with a deadly weapon intent to kill

We can start working immediately to investigate your case and build a creative defense.

Discuss your charges with our assault attorney in Wilmington, NC during a free case evaluation.

Penalties for Assault in NC

Assault carries serious penalties because it is considered a violent crime. Even misdemeanor assault charges can be punishable by jail time and fines. If your NC assault charges involve a deadly weapon or caused serious injuries to the victim, you may be charged with a felony, which involves long jail time, higher fines, and a mark on your criminal record.

If the victim was a police officer, fireman, teacher, elderly, or disabled, then you could be looking at more enhanced penalties.

Assault Inflicting Serious Injury NC

Under North Carolina law, assault that inflicts serious injury can be charged as a Class A1 misdemeanor. Serious injury usually includes any injury that could need a doctor’s attention.

Possible Penalties for a Class A1 Misdemeanor in NC

  • 1 to 60 days in jail or 150 days with a prior conviction
  • Probation
  • Fines

    If you have been charged for assault inflicting serious injury it is important that you speak with an attorney right away. James Rutherford, Attorney at Law is well-equipped to defend you.

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    Why Choose Us?

    • James F. Rutherford has been defending clients facing criminal charges for over 10 years.
    • He is a certified specialist by the North Carolina State Bar and has tackled many complex assault cases.
    • As an AV® Peer Review Rated attorney, he has earned the respect of many of his colleagues.
    • Many clients across North Carolina also turn to James for skilled criminal defense.
    • We are known for providing the experience, knowledge, and resources that our clients need to get through this challenging time.

    Discuss your options with our Wilmington assault lawyer. Call us today at (910) 595-1377.

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