The “ladder” of Assault charges in Michigan ranges from misdemeanor Simple Assault and/or Assault and Battery, to capital charges, punishable by up to life in prison. These include:
- Simple Assault and/or Assault and Battery
- Domestic Violence
- Aggravated Assault
- Felonious Assault (Assault with a dangerous weapon)
- Assault with Intent to Commit Great Bodily Harm
- Assault by Strangulation
- Assault with Intent to Commit Murder
All Ann Arbor assault charges are aggressively investigated by police, sometimes with mandatory arrest protocols, and are vigorously prosecuted. Only the most capable defense attorneys should handle these charges. For over 35 years, Joseph A. Simon has successfully defended assault charges in Ann Arbor leading to our case results, peer-reviewed ratings, and our 5-star client ratings.
Ann Arbor Assault FAQs:
I Was Charged With Assault in Ann Arbor But I Never Touched Anyone. Is This Legal?
An Assault is the offer of physical force or violence (clenching a fist, pointing a weapon) to another. A Battery is a harmful or offensive touching (actual contact with a person or an object closely connected with a person) of another. Assault charges, therefore, do not necessarily require an actual touching. Assaults increase in severity by certain “aggravating variables,” including the use of a weapon, a resulting injury or serious injury, or an intent to cause great bodily harm or death.
I Was Charged With Assault in Ann Arbor but I Was Defending Myself. Can I Still Be Prosecuted?
Yes. Self Defense is an “affirmative defense” that is usually decided by a judge or jury in a trial. In Michigan, a person must both honestly and reasonably believe they are in danger to use force to defend themselves or another to lawfully exercise the privilege. Self Defense can sometimes require a duty to retreat from danger when it is safe to do so. In some instances, a person has a right to "stand their ground" and use force, sometimes deadly force, to protect themselves.
For over 35 years, Joseph A. Simon has been helping persons charged with Ann Arbor assault crimes protect their freedom, reputation and future goals. If you or a loved one are being investigated for or charged with an assault offense in Ann Arbor contact our firm at 734-887-6200 for a free consultation.
Is it Best to have a Local Criminal Defense Attorney Represent Me in My Ann Arbor Assault Case?
Absolutely. Local, established criminal defense attorneys have an intimate knowledge of the local court practices and participants. Knowing the arguments that will appeal to the presiding judge, knowing the practices and protocols of the local prosecuting attorneys, and having local recognition and standing in a legal community can be invaluable to a case outcome. The Law Offices of Joseph A. Simon is truly local to Ann Arbor. Located in the heart of Ann Arbor, just across the street from Michigan Football Stadium, we regularly and frequently practice in the 15th District Court and stand ready to serve you.