Assault and Battery Attorneys in Lansing, MI
If you have been charged with assault and battery in Michigan, you are NOT a bad person. You are also not guilty of the crime simply because you have been charged with the crime. Our firm sees many clients who have been in the wrong place at the wrong time or gotten themselves into a tough situation that resulted in a criminal charge. We are here to help! If you are facing an assault and battery charge, we urge you to contact our office to discuss how our Michigan criminal defense lawyers can help you fight these charges. It is our job to see that your legal rights are not violated while helping you find the best resolution possible for your charge. Call 517-347-6900 now to speak with an attorney.
What is Assault and Battery in Michigan?
You often hear these words together, but they actually have two different meanings. Assault is an intentional act that causes fear of unwanted contact or imminent harm. To be guilty of assault, you must have “intended” to assault the person at the time you committed the offense. You can be charged with assault without being charged with battery if you did not touch or make physical contact with the person but you intentionally instilled fear of harm or physical contact.
On the other hand, battery is causing intentional physical contact with another person without consent that results in physical harm or injury. Battery can also be considered touching another person in a way that would be considered offensive to a reasonable person. In the case of offensive or unwelcome touching, you can be charged with battery even if you did not cause physical harm or injury.
What are the Punishments for Assault and Battery Convictions in Michigan?
Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL) §750.81 governs the penalties for assault and battery convictions. The various punishments for a conviction of assault and battery depend on the circumstances of the incident.