Choosing an Experienced Attorney for Your Assault Case
In North Carolina, there are protected populations – including children, the disabled, and women – so that when a violent crime is committed against them, the penalties are more severe. If you are accused of assault on a female, you are facing more serious charges and you need an experienced criminal defense attorney in Raleigh to represent you in your case.
Facing charges of assault against a woman? Call us at (919) 887-8040 and speak with an experienced defense attorney 24/7!
Understanding Assault Charges When the Victim Is a Female
Assault charges in North Carolina are complicated and tend to encompass a multitude of offenses while simple assault is a Class 2 misdemeanor, when the alleged victim is a female, the category changes to a Class A1 misdemeanor which is punishable by up to 150 days in jail.
In order to be charged with an assault on a female, the alleged event must have been committed by a male who is at least 18 years old. One woman striking another woman would be considered as Class 2 misdemeanor simple assault. On the other hand, a man assaulting a woman is considered a Class A1 misdemeanor .
Felony Assault & Battery
Felony assault in North Carolina is not predicated on the sex of the alleged victim. Causing serious bodily injury is a Class F felony when the victim is either a man or a woman, while showing intent to kill with a deadly weapon is a Class C felony.
Cases of Domestic Violence
If you are charged with assault and the victim is a female with whom you are or were in a relationship with, a family member or they are a member of your household, like a roommate, this is considered domestic violence. In addition to criminal punishments there are other, long-term penalties to consider, including:
- Inability to own a gun;
- Possible loss of custody of mutual children;
- Having a protection order placed against you;
- Difficulty finding housing or employment
Why Choose Sandman, Finn, & Fitzhugh for Your Assault Case
If you have been charged with assault on a female, it’s important to take these charges seriously. On top of the punitive aspects, the social stigma that is accompanied by a conviction of assaulting a woman can affect your reputation and goodwill.
For the best chance of a favorable outcome in your case, you need an experienced, dedicated defense attorney in charge of your case. At Sandman, Finn, & Fitzhugh, our attorneys have a combined 60 years of experience, much of which was spent in the Wake County District Attorney’s Office. This experience gives each of us a unique perspective into how prosecutors try cases and what their goals are, which gives us an advantage when creating a defense strategy for your case.
Schedule a Consultation to Discuss Charges Related to Assault on a Female
At Sandman, Finn, & Fitzhugh, we know you need an ally who you can rely on to be focused on your case and dedicated to your best interests. To schedule a free consultation, fill out the form below or call us at (919) 887-8040 to speak with an attorney 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.