Assault can happen to anyone anytime: leaving a sporting event, in a parking lot, at work or school, or even in your own home. The aftermath of an assault can leave victims feeling scared to press charges or file a suit, and in some cases, the victim or the victim’s family is intimidated not to file a lawsuit.
Assault and battery are sometimes combined but are two distinct crimes. Assault includes verbal intimidation or threatening actions toward another person causing them to fear physical harm, and battery refers to the physical act of causing bodily harm to another person. Assault charges vary by state and can have different degrees, such as first, second, and third-degree assault. Assault charges can lead to two separate cases: a civil liability case and a criminal assault case, which can lead to different outcomes. The defendant can be acquitted of a criminal charge but later found liable in a civil case.
- In civil cases, charges are brought against the defendant who committed the assault. The victim may also sue parties who contributed to the assault in the form of negligence. The goal of most civil cases is to win compensation for the victim.
- The state brings on criminal cases based on evidence provided by law enforcement. If the suspect is charged, they may face trial in front of a jury, who will decide if the defendant is guilty. The defendant faces jail time and or fines.
If you or a loved one have experienced emotional, physical, or financial harm because of an assault, don’t let anyone intimidate you into not filing a suit. Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney to fight for your rights will help you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact The Law Offices of Reginald Keith Davis for a confidential consultation @ (913) 299-8789.