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Assault / Assault with a deadly weapon / Assault inflicting serious bodily injury


Mecklenburg County Assault Attorney: (888) 543-2427

simple assault, assault, assault with a deadly weapon, assault inflicting serious bodily injuryA simple assault occurs when a person attempts to put another person in reasonable fear of bodily injury. There is no requirement that the person actually physically touch the alleged victim.


An accused can be charged with assault by show of violence when there is evidence the accused exhibited some form of violence. The only difference between the two is that simple assault focuses on the intent of the accused. Assault by show of violence focuses on the victim’s fear and conduct.

Assault is often charged as assault with a deadly weapon. For example, if a person raises a knife or any weapon that can be considered deadly, they can be charged with assault with a deadly weapon. Assaulting by pointing a gun will be charged if there is evidence that the accused raised a gun or pistol at the victim. It does not matter if the gun is loaded or not.

Assault that inflicts serious bodily injury occurs when a victim suffers a severe bodily injury such as a broken jaw or rib. Assaults can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the facts of the case and any injures that resulted.

Please contact Ms. Ibsen regarding assaults or any other criminal matter at: (888) 543-2427


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