Your Assault Attorney in St. Charles
Assault and Battery is one of the most common violent crimes that people in St. Louis and St. Charles are charged with. Bill Byrnes wants you to know you have rights, and he’ll work hard to make sure you are properly defended. Trust Bill Byrnes to fight for you!
St. Charles Defense Attorney Bill Byrnes
Assault and Battery is one of the most common violent crime that people in St. Louis and St. Charles are charged with. Bill Byrnes wants you to know you have rights, and he’ll work hard to make sure you are properly defended. Trust Bill Byrnes to fight for you!
Assault is a violent crime, and there are various degrees of assault charges. Some are serious enough to change your life forever. If you’ve been charged with assault, you need to contact a lawyer immediately. As the assault attorney St. Charles has trusted for years, Bill Byrnes of Byrnes Law Firm can ensure you are represented fairly. He will also see to it that your guaranteed constitutional rights are protected.
Assault charges often result from a fight between two people, and the person who started the fight is not necessarily the person charged with a crime. As a trusted lawyer serving St. Charles and St. Louis, Missouri, Bill Byrnes will provide you with the best possible defense in your case.
Degrees of Assault
Missouri lawmakers do not distinguish between “assault” and “battery,” where a threat of physical harm may or may not lead to actual physical harm. However, this in no way makes the charges less serious. If you have threatened another person, whether intentionally or as a result of negligence, you can be charged with assault and battery.
The charge is then classified as a simple assault, aggravated assault, or felony assault. Which classification is used depends on factors like whether a weapon was used and the defendant’s previous assault-related record (if any).
Consequences can range from anger-management classes and probation for a misdemeanor to an extensive prison sentence for a felony. The range depends on the facts of your case, the condition of the alleged victim, and several other individualized factors.
How We Defend You
As an assault defense lawyer in the state of Missouri, Bill Byrnes has defended hundreds of clients facing assault charges of varying degrees. He will take immediate action and begin drafting a plan to prepare your defense. Here are the options Bill will consider:
- The first goal is always to have the charges dropped. This could be based on lack of intent or on self-defense.
- If a dismissal is not an option, Bill will help you achieve a NOT guilty verdict at trial.
- If you are not interested in a lengthy trial process, he can negotiate with the court. In most cases, he can argue for probation, classes, and/or paying restitution — money for damages.
The criminal defense attorneys at the Byrnes Law Firm have had years of experience with a wide range of assault charges, including domestic assault. We understand that a domestic assault can be one of the most difficult issues to deal with, and thus we will handle the case with the utmost discretion and professionalism.
If you believe that someone is going to seek assault charges against you, we need to start preparing now! Call the Byrnes Law Firm before you get arrested, and NEVER talk to the police without legal representation.
Byrnes Law Firm wins, and we’ll win for you too!
The Byrnes Law Firm practices many areas of criminal law, and has helped many people like you deal with assault charges, and has dedicated himself to protecting your constitutional rights. Bill wants you represented by the best, and would love to speak with you about your assault charge defense case. CALL OUR OFFICE to set up a FREE CONSULTATION. Our phones are available 24 hours a day.
Degrees Of Assault Charges
Understanding the crime you’re being charged with:
First Degree Assault
- Attempts to kill or knowingly causes or attempts to cause serious physical injury to another person.
- A class B felony unless in the course thereof the actor inflicts serious physical injury on the victim in which case it is a class A felony.
Second Degree Assault
- Attempts to kill or knowingly causes or attempts to cause serious physical injury to another person under the influence of sudden passion arising out of adequate cause
- Attempts to cause or knowingly causes physical injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument
- Recklessly causes serious physical injury to another person
- While in an intoxicated condition or under the influence of controlled substances or drugs, operates a motor vehicle in this state and, when so operating, acts with criminal negligence to cause physical injury to any other person than himself
- Recklessly causes physical injury to another person by means of discharge of a firearm
- Operates a motor vehicle and acts with criminal negligence to cause physical injury to any person authorized to operate an emergency vehicle while such person is in the performance of official duties.
Third Degree Assault
- The person attempts to cause or recklessly causes physical injury to another person
- With criminal negligence the person causes physical injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon
- The person purposely places another person in apprehension of immediate physical injury
- The person recklessly engages in conduct which creates a grave risk of death or serious physical injury to another person
- The person knowingly causes physical contact with another person knowing the other person will regard the contact as offensive or provocative.
Byrnes Law Firm understands that many people struggle with the financial burdens their case may have, and likely feel reluctant to even speak with a lawyer about their case, often choosing to go at it alone. This is a mistake, and more often than not, will lead to an unfavorable outcome in your case. When your rights are at risk, you need a strong and experienced lawyer at your side to get you through with the best possible outcome, and the Byrnes Law Firm wants you to know that you can call and consult with them about your case absolutely free. Tell your story, and know your options. You’re in good hands.