Franklin County Assault Defense Attorney
In order to prove assault, one has to prove that the defendant acted intentionally. Accidents are not assault. There needs to be a scare or an imminent threat. You are walking down the street and the person jumps out of the bushes and points a gun at your head has committed an assault. If you are in the middle of a heated argument with a spouse, neighbor or a business partner and that person grabs you by the shirt and raises his clenched fist as if to punch you, that is another example of an assault. An assault has occurred if you reasonably believe that an intentional and imminent threat to your physical well-being exists. A person has committed assault whether or not the punch is thrown, or the bullet is fired. The keys are that the threat must be intentional, reasonable to believe will occur, and if carried out will cause harm.
It’s the job of an assault defense attorney in Franklin County to protect your rights and to make sure that you are not being charged with a crime that you may not have committed. And just because you have been charged with assault, standard criminal defenses strategies apply, such as self-defense, intoxication, duress, etc. At the Rutan Law firm, we are experienced Franklin County assault defense attorneys that will give you the aggressive and passionate criminal defense representation that you need.