Committing an act that threatens to cause, or actually does cause, physical injury to another individual in Michigan can be considered a very serious crime. An accused individual may be at risk of facing jail time, a fine, and more. Okemos criminal defense attorney Steven M. Feigelson is an experienced lawyer who specializes in representing clients who are facing charges for misdemeanors such as simple assault. He understands how intimidating the threat of criminal prosecution can be, and he is committed to ensuring that his clients receive the legal advice they need to protect their rights and minimize criminal penalties.Simple Assault in Michigan
Simple assault under Michigan law can involve both intentional and unintentional actions. It occurs when one individual attempts to cause physical injury to another through an act such as striking someone else. Simple assault also occurs when an individual threatens to cause violence or injury, as long as the individual appears to have the ability to carry out the threat and the action reasonably causes a person to feel afraid of impending violence.
Simple assault is classified as a misdemeanor. In Michigan, a person convicted of simple assault and may receive time in jail, a fine of up to $500, probation, or restitution (paying the victim for any expenses incurred as a result of the crime). However, if the simple assault occurs against a victim who is a police officer, human services worker, or emergency medical personnel, a perpetrator may be subjected to even stiffer penalties.Defenses to Simple Assault
An important defense available to an individual accused of simple assault is self-defense. Where an individual can show that he or she acted out of fear for his or her own safety, or the safety of others, the defense of self-defense can apply. Additionally, when self-defense is raised, the prosecution has the additional burden of showing that a defendant did not act in self-defense. Raising this issue can be an important aspect of a criminal defense approach, but it requires the skill and knowledge of a qualified criminal defense attorney such as Steven M. Feigelson.Legal Options Following a Simple Assault Conviction
Individuals facing the prospect of a conviction for simple assault have several options available to them to avoid jail time. First, Michigan courts have the option to impose a conditional sentence for simple assault. This involves a fine and payment of restitution, but avoids an initial jail sentence. Michigan courts can also impose a deferred sentence, which postpones sentencing while an individual serves probation or completes a drug treatment court, if needed. If successfully completed, the charges can then be dismissed. Knowledgeable criminal defense attorney Steven M. Feigelson can help you assess your case and whether any of these options might be available to you.Helping You Protect Your Rights
If you or a loved one has recently been charged with simple assault, it is extremely important that you contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to assess your case and help determine what the best course of action may be. Conviction for a criminal offense becomes a part of your record and can affect you throughout the course of your life. Michigan criminal defense lawyer Steven M. Feigelson is well versed in the nuances of the Michigan criminal justice system, and is prepared to guide you in the fight to protect your rights. For more information or to schedule an initial consultation, contact us at 517-333-3373 or online. We are dedicated to serving clients in a number of local communities including St. Johns, Corunna, and Jackson.