It's important to have a defense strategy when assault charges are leveled against you. The penalties for an assault conviction depend on a variety of factors, including the severity of the charge. There are three different degrees of assault defined by law:
- First-degree assault, class B felony-under Missouri law, proof that a deadly weapon was fired at and wounded the victim is evidence of first-degree assault.
- Second-degree assault, class B or C felony-assault in the second degree is a class C felony, unless the assault is on a law enforcement officer, in which case it is a class B felony.
- Third-degree assault, misdemeanor-many situations are included under third-degree assault, such as criminal negligence or reckless endangerment.
When you retain Patrick E. Kennedy as your criminal defense lawyer in St. Louis, MO, you can rest assured that he will review all the details of your case. He'll work hard to build the strongest defense possible against your assault charges.