Utah Assault Defense Attorneys
Facing Assault Charges in Utah?
An altercation that turns physical can lead to assault charges in Utah. Unfortunately, when the arresting officer may not arrest the right person. You may have have been defending yourself and and still be charged with assault, especially if there are injuries to the other party involved.
At Pawelek & Gale we understand that an assault charge can affect you for the rest of your life, making it hard to find employment and depending on the severity of the charges can lose your freedom. Penalties for an assault charge in Utah can range from a Misdemeanor to a 2nd-degree felony. Our Utah criminal defense lawyers will review the facts of the case and listen to witness testimonies in order to give clients a strong defense in the courtroom. It is imperative that you call our top-rated provo law firm for a free consultation so that we can limit the consequences and avoid jail time.
What is Assault?
Under Utah’s criminal code 76-5-102, Assault is specifically when one person either intentionally acts in a threatening, aggressive manner that instills fear in another person or when one makes an attempt with unlawful force or violence to seriously harm an individual. If a dangerous weapon was involved or if the means of violence were likely to kill someone then the charges would be considered Aggravated Assault and would carry severe felony charges and be elevated to an assault in in the 2nd or 3rd degree.
Penalties for Assault in Utah
In the state of Utah, assault cases are typically charged as a class B misdemeanor offense which can carry up to 6 months in jail. The charges can be increased to a Class A misdemeanor if the assault causes serious bodily injury or if the victim is pregnant and knew about the pregnancy at the time of the offense. Depending on the level of offense, here are the maximum penalties:
- Misdemeanor Class A: 1 year in jail, $2,500 fine.
- Misdemeanor Class B: 6 months in jail, $1000 fine.
I was arrested and charged with aggravated assault which is a 3rd degree felony and was facing 5 years in prison for getting into a fight in a bar. Richard did a jury trial in Utah County and I was found NOT GUILTY of aggravated assault and I was found guilty of disorderly conduct which is an infraction. I paid a $120 fine and the case closed.
– Isaac G.
Pawelek & Gale, Utah Assault Attorneys
If you or a loved one are looking for an experienced assault lawyer in Utah, Dennis Pawelek and Richard Gale have successfully had assault charges dismissed and felonies reduced to misdemeanors. We offer a free complimentary consultation where our criminal defense lawyers will meet with you to thoroughly review the circumstances that led to your arrest and see if there is a valid case for self defense to build an in-depth, independent investigation into your matter and start formulating an aggressive defense strategy on your behalf. Call 801-362-9996 today to speak with one of our top rated Utah defense attorneys.