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Aggravated Assault And Aggravated Battery Charges In Johnson County

Aggravated assault and aggravated battery charges can arise in numerous situations. Though commonly the result of an argument that escalated out of control, these are also serious felonies that are potentially punishable by prison time.

If you have been arrested and charged with assault or battery, Johnson County criminal defense attorney Jerry Merrill will provide you with an aggressive, intelligent defense. As a former prosecutor, Mr. Merrill handled countless aggravated assault and aggravated battery cases and took many to jury trials. This experience on both sides of the courtroom gives him the insight to build a persuasive defense on your behalf.

Jerry Merrill's reputation as a trial lawyer helps in two ways: First, if your case does go to trial, you can be assured of excellent representation. Secondly, his reputation for excellence in the courtroom gives him an advantage when negotiating with the prosecution.

What Is Assault And Battery?

Assault and battery are separate and distinct charges. Simply put, assault involves the threat to injure someone; battery charges result when there was actual physical contact involved.

What Makes Assault/Battery Aggravated?

A simple assault may be elevated to aggravated assault when:

  • A weapon is involved
  • The perpetrator is disguised
  • There is intent to commit a felony

Battery cases may be charged as aggravated battery in cases where:

  • A weapon was used
  • Injury to the victim is considered serious (called great bodily harm) or disfiguring
  • Physical contact occurred in a manner that could have resulted in great bodily harm

Sentencing In Kansas

Aggravated assault and aggravated battery are felonies in Kansas. As such, they carry serious penalties, including long prison sentences. Whether or not a judge grants probation is determined by the severity of the offense and the criminal history of the accused. The sentencing default for convictions involving a firearm is imprisonment, even if the accused has no criminal history. This means that a judge is more likely to send the defendant directly to prison instead of allowing probation.

Contact An Aggravated Assault Attorney In Overland Park

Protect your rights against serious assault or battery charges. Contact Jerry Merrill onlin e or call 913-815-0705 to schedule a free initial consultation.

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