Assault & Battery

CRIMINAL DEFENSEAssault Charges Can Ruin Your Life

Assault charges, regardless of their degree, are a grave matter that requires immediate attention. In Maryland, a charge of first-degree assault, denoting intentional infliction or attempted infliction of severe bodily harm, is among the most serious of offenses. Convictions can lead to hefty fines and a staggering sentence of up to 25 years behind bars. Even if you’re facing lesser charges, the repercussions are far from light—potential jail time, financial penalties, and probation are just a few.

Moreover, having a criminal conviction on your record can create hurdles in various facets of your life, such as securing employment, housing, or even educational opportunities. It’s paramount to consult with a seasoned criminal defense attorney to navigate these treacherous waters, ensure your rights are protected, and work towards the most favorable outcome possible.


Facing assault charges is undoubtedly daunting, given the severe penalties that can ensue. However, a myriad of defense strategies can be leveraged to counteract such accusations or mitigate their ramifications. At Haskell & Dyer, we are not only well-versed in these defenses, but we are also deeply committed to defending your rights and interests with utmost vigor.

Consider the argument of self-defense: If we can demonstrate that your actions were driven by the necessity to protect yourself or someone else, this could exonerate you from assault charges. Equally compelling is the potential for suppression of evidence. Should any piece of evidence against you be obtained unlawfully or without proper procedural adherence, there’s a strong chance it won’t stand in court.

In the realm of criminal defense, the expertise of your attorney is paramount. Mastery of the legal landscape and adeptness in strategizing defense is essential. At Haskell & Dyer, we bring this proficiency to the table, ensuring you have the best shot at a brighter tomorrow.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the distinction between assault and battery, and how are they charged in court?

While often used interchangeably, assault and battery are distinct offenses. Assault typically refers to the threat or attempt to inflict harm, while battery involves actual physical contact or harm. In many jurisdictions, an assault charge doesn’t necessarily require physical contact—it could arise from a mere threat that puts someone in reasonable fear of imminent harm. Battery, on the other hand, arises when there’s actual physical contact, regardless of the severity of injury. Both charges can vary from misdemeanors to felonies depending on the circumstances and severity of the alleged offense. It’s essential to understand the specifics of your charge and the potential penalties, and a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can provide clarity.

What are some common defenses to assault and battery charges?

There’s a range of defenses available when faced with assault and battery charges. One of the most prevalent is self-defense, where the accused argues they were protecting themselves or others from imminent harm. Consent, where it’s claimed the alleged victim agreed to the act, can also be raised in some cases. Additionally, defenses like the defense of others, defense of property, or even mistaken identity can be employed. It’s also not uncommon to challenge the admissibility of evidence, especially if it was gathered improperly. Given the complexities of such cases, collaborating with an experienced attorney is crucial to identify the most suitable defense strategy for your situation.

How can Haskell & Dyer help if I'm charged with assault or battery?

At Haskell & Dyer, we understand the profound impact that an assault or battery charge can have on your life. Our team is committed to meticulously reviewing every facet of your case, challenging evidence where necessary, and building a robust defense strategy tailored to your unique circumstances. Whether it’s demonstrating lack of intent, arguing self-defense, or any other applicable defense, we work tirelessly to protect your rights and aim for the best possible outcome. With our vast experience in criminal defense, we are equipped to guide you through the legal maze, ensuring you’re well-represented every step of the way.