Defending You Against Assault Charges
If you are facing assault charges, it is important to understand the long-term consequences before you accept any plea bargain. What may seem like a reasonable deal now may work to your detriment in the future if you end up with a damaging criminal record.
At the Law Offices of James N. Papirmeister, P.C., in Silver Spring, we understand the tactics the state uses in prosecuting violent crimes. We will explain those tactics to you, evaluate your options and craft a criminal defense strategy designed to minimize the consequences. For a free initial consultation about your case, call 301-589-2100 or 301-367-6500 after hours.
Consequences Of Criminal Assault And Battery
Maryland assault charges can range from simple assault and battery to second-degree assault, which is a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison. There is also a felony charge called first-degree assault, which can carry with it 25 years of incarceration.
What constitutes the difference between misdemeanor and felony assault is an altogether fine distinction. As a former prosecutor with the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office, attorney James N. Papirmeister understands how the state handles violent criminal offenses. Where appropriate, he will seek to have the charges compromised, reduced or dismissed.
Why A Plea Bargain May Be To Your Detriment
Pleading guilty to a misdemeanor conviction for assault and battery may seem like a good deal if you serve no jail time. However, pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge will result in a permanent criminal record. That is something you will carry around with you for the rest of your life. Every time you apply for a job or even fill out an application to rent an apartment, you will have to disclose the fact that you have a conviction for a violent criminal offense.
With the help of an experienced defense lawyer, you may be able to resolve your case in a way that does not result in a conviction. Our goal is to minimize the effect that an assault charge will have on your life now and in the future.