Assault is one of the most commonly prosecuted crimes in Kansas. Assault is most generally defined as an attempt to hurt someone physically. A more appropriate general definition includes someone using the threat of force or the actual use of force in making another apprehensive of harmful or offensive contact.
Assaults are typically classified in one of three ways:
1) assault by contact;
2) assault with bodily injury; and
3) aggravated assault.
Assault by contact includes any threatened or actual offensive touching, such as attempting to or actually spitting on another person. Assault with bodily injury requires that the alleged victim actually have suffered pain and/or bodily injury.
Aggravated assault is distinguished by the alleged presence of either
1) use of a deadly weapon (such as a gun); or
2) the victim actually suffering serious bodily injury.
Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon may be committed even if the victim was not physically hurt.
Felonies are crimes that are usually punishable by more than a year in prison. Misdemeanors are crimes that are usually punishable by less than a year of incarceration and/or a fine. Some misdemeanors are punishable by only a fine.
A conviction for any type of assault can result in significant time in jail or prison, expensive monetary fines, the inability to apply for and/or hold certain types of employment, the loss of the right to own and/or possess a firearm, and lengthy probation or parole complete with expensive fees and time consuming counseling.
If you or your loved one has been charged with any type of assault, it is important to speak with an an experience Kansas criminal defense attorney who has experience in successfully defending all types of assault charges. Contact Koehn & Tahirkheli, L.L.C., for a free initial consultation. We have the skill, knowledge, and experience to help!