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Ann Arbor Assault Lawyer Defends Against Assault and Battery Charges

Assault and battery charges encompass a wide range of cases from a physical fight to something as minor as a push. In an assault case there are a variety of defenses available. Ann Arbor assault lawyer, Sam Bernstein, is experienced with these particular defenses. A assault and battery charge can affect your custody arrangements and lead to problems if you are seeking new employment. Ann Arbor assault lawyer, Sam Bernstein, at ArborYpsi Law has experience handling all types of assault and battery cases.

Assault Charge Levels in Michigan

In Michigan, there are several different types of assault charge levels. 

  • Assault - A misdemeanor that is punishable by up to 93 days in jail, a $500 fine or both.
  • Aggravated Assault - If a person who is assaulted requires medical treatment you can be charged with aggravated assault. This is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail, $1000 fine, or both.
  • Felonious Assault - An assault with a dangerous weapon is a felony. A dangerous weapon can be a gun or a knife but also any object that is used as a weapon. A felonious assault is punishable by up to 4 years in prison, a $2,000 fine, or both.

Our Ann Arbor Assault Attorney Investigates Cases to Provide Your Best Defense

As an experienced Ann Arbor assault attorney, Sam Bernstein will investigate your case, conducting a full evaluation before going to court. We will obtain the police report and review it with you. The ArborYpsi Law team will ask relevant questions, such as:

  • Were there witnesses to the assault?
  • Is the case “he-said-she-said?”
  • Is there any evidence to support the claims?
  • When were the police called?
  • Are there any reasons why the accuser would not be truthful?

Our questioning will poke holes in the State’s case and help you achieve a proper defense.

ArborYpsi Law Provides Top-Rated Defense Services

A knowledgeable Ann Arbor assault lawyer knows the system and is quite familiar with these types of cases. As such, there are a variety of defenses that may be available to you in court, including the following:

  • Self Defense - Legally, you have the right to defend yourself in certain situations. The prosecution will bear the burden of proving that you did not act in self-defense.
  • Mutual Combat - While this is somewhat similar to self-defense, it’s not a legal defense. Juries may sympathize if both parties were equally at fault for the fight. For example, our Ann Arbor assault attorney was able to secure a not guilty verdict where a client had a fight with his sister.
  • Accuser Lies - If the accuser lies to the police about the assault, you may also have a case. We helped to win a jury trial where one of our clients was wrongfully accused of assault.
  • Accident - Assault must be an intentional act. For example, if you were swinging your arms and accidentally hit someone, this would not be considered assault. Our team was able to get a dismissal in a case where our client was wrongfully accused of assault when it was an accident.

Contact an Experienced Ann Arbor Assault Attorney

Sam Bernstein, an Ann Arbor assault lawyer, at ArborYpsi Law has advanced experience handling assault crimes. If you’ve been charged with assault, contact our office to schedule a free consultation.