Have you been charged with assault or battery in Louisiana? Are you concerned about your future?
During this difficult time, you need to put your case in the hands of a top defense attorney with the knowledge and experience to effectively fight for your rights and produce the best outcome. With a history of successfully getting justice for our clients, an assault & battery attorney at The Johnson Firm is your partner throughout the entire process.
Whether you’re located in the Lake Charles area or one of the surrounding cities in Louisiana, we’d love to help you with your case.
As defined in R.S. 14:36, assault is an attempt to commit a battery, or the intentional placing of another in reasonable apprehension of receiving a battery. Furthermore, battery is defined under R.S. 14:33 in which, battery is an intentional use of force or violence upon another person; or the intentional administration of poison or another noxious liquid or substance to another person.
There are many degrees of assault and battery charges, and in some cases, a person is charged with both. Because of this, these cases can be very complex.
A wide variety of assault crimes are covered under Title 14 of Louisiana state law. Assault charges fall under two main categories: aggravated assault, which involves an assault using a dangerous weapon (firearms, knives, etc.), and simple assault, when no weapons are present.
There are also many types of battery, defined under Title 14, which include aggravated battery, second-degree battery, aggravated second-degree battery, and simple battery.
There are also specific statutes dedicated to covering the battery or assault of certain persons, such as the battery or assault of a police officer, a school teacher, a school or recreational athletic contest official, a bus operator, and more.
The outcome of your case will depend on a variety of different factors, such as weapons used, the amount of harm done, criminal history, persons involved, and more. Punishment can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars in fines to days or years of jail time. These charges can be harsh, but an experienced assault & battery attorney in Lake Charles will work to have your charges reduced or dismissed.
When your future is hanging in the balance, you need to partner with a criminal defense team that can get you the results you want. As assault & battery attorneys in Lake Charles, it is our goal to reduce or beat your charges by diligently studying your case and exercising all of your rights as a citizen.
With years of experience and knowledge at hand, our team works hard to gather all the necessary evidence and facts to find potential flaws. We will question every aspect of your case and fight for justice on your behalf.
We can help you understand every aspect of your case. You can breathe easier with our team by your side.
At the very first hearing in your case, our criminal defense attorney files numerous motions requesting any and all evidence that the prosecutor intends to use against you in order to strategically employ defenses aimed at achieving the best possible outcome in your case, whether it be a reduction in charge(s) or an outright dismissal. These motions also demand evidence that the State has in its possession which is favorable to the defendant’s case, commonly referred to as exculpatory evidence. Likewise, often times it is necessary for additional motions be filed to demand evidence not initially disclosed that shed light on a sloppy investigation, dishonest police officers, or a failure by the police to preserve evidence and/or follow policy. To that end, evidence may be suppressed (i.e. ruled inadmissible/thrown out) if it is determined that such evidence was unconstitutionally seized or if the police officer failed to preserve evidence properly as required by law. The following are some assault and battery defenses that have been successfully utilized:
No matter the scenario or the charges you’re facing, The Johnson Firm can help. Don’t wait any longer to partner with a legal team that you can trust to get the best outcome for your case – get in touch with our team today.
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