What Happens if I am Convicted of Assault in South Carolina?

There are few things more damaging to a person and his or her life than being convicted of a crime and developing a criminal record. Unfortunately, if you are facing assault charges, you have a lot on the line, which is why you cannot afford to proceed without an aggressive Chesterfield County assault defense lawyer on your side. Our firm can assess the circumstances of your charges, and, from there, determine the best strategy going forward, such as proving that you were actually acting in self-defense. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced firm to learn more about assault charges in South Carolina and how we can help you disprove them. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What is the difference between simple assault and second-degree assault in South Carolina?

The first thing you should understand is that there is a significant difference between simple assault and second-degree assault charges in South Carolina, though both can land you behind bars. For attacking someone without the use of a weapon and without causing serious bodily injury, you will face a simple assault charge, which can warrant a $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail.

That said, for a second-degree assault charge, (if you allegedly attacked caused moderate bodily injury or could have) you will most likely face up to three years of jail time and a potential $2,500 fine.

How long will I go to jail if I am found guilty of third-degree assault?

If you are facing a first-degree assault or Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature charge, you will face anywhere between 10 and 20 years of incarceration. First-degree assault charges involve causing serious bodily injury or the non-consensual touching of another person’s private parts.

The bottom line is that if you are currently facing criminal charges of any kind, your future is on the line, which is why it is paramount that you retain the services of a competent Chesterfield criminal defense lawyer at once. Our firm is prepared to preserve your freedom and good name. Give us a call today so we can get started building your defense.


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