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Assault Charges And Other Violent Crime Allegations

Any argument or altercation may lead to criminal charges of assault and battery. Depending on the actual charges and circumstances, you could be facing jail or prison, a felony record, being listed on a state child abuse or sex offender registry, anger management counseling, restraining orders, civil lawsuits and consequences for employment.

This is an area of the law where swift intervention by an experienced lawyer can make a major difference. I am Ryan L. Beasley, a criminal defense attorney in Greenville. In 15 years of practice, I have successfully defended clients on all levels of assault charges, as well as allegations of murder and manslaughter.

Call me immediately if you were arrested on assault or homicide charges. I offer a confidential consultation. Call 864-991-3379 or toll free 800-761-1985.

Understanding Assault And Battery

In South Carolina, assault and battery are always charged together — a person who commits an assault (threat of violence) did or could have committed battery (actual violence). The distinctions are in the degree of the charge:

  • Assault and battery in the third degree — Physical contact without lasting injury, sometimes called simple assault and battery
  • Assault and battery in the second degree — Moderate bodily injury or nonconsensual sexual touching
  • Spousal sexual battery — Sexual penetration through force, violence or threat of a weapon
  • Assault and battery in the first degree — Bodily injury that also involved sexual assault or a deadly weapon, or occurred during commission of another felony
  • Assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature (ABHAN) — Great bodily injury and any of the aggravating factors mentioned above
  • Attempted murder — Assault and battery with intent to kill

Proactive Defense For Violent Crime Allegations

Second- and third-degree assault charges are misdemeanors, while aggravated assaults (first degree and above) are felony offenses. Reducing the charges even one level can take serious penalties off of the table. Of course, the ideal outcome is for the charges to go away entirely. This is where my skill and experience come in.

I practice in both state and federal courts of Greenville County and surrounding counties in the Upstate area. I have developed strong relationships with law enforcement officers, prosecutors, judges, and probation and parole officers in these jurisdictions. When I am contacted early in the case, I can often head off the most serious charges or convince the prosecutor that no charges are merited.

In the event that the prosecution goes forward, I explore all defenses and mitigating factors, such as provocation, self-defense, mistaken identity, motivation of the victim to falsely accuse you, and the severity of the victim's injuries. I am an accomplished trial lawyer who can defend you before a judge or jury if we cannot negotiate a favorable resolution.

Tell Your Side Of The Story

Assault and battery is often overcharged, and law enforcement too often relies on the complainant's version of events. I challenge the underlying charges and the victim's account, knowing what is at stake for you.

For experienced representation on charges of assault and violent crimes, call me today at 864-991-3379 or 800-761-1985, or contact me online to arrange a confidential consultation.