Alabama recognizes three degrees of assault crimes.
The most serious of these is assault, first. This crime is a class B felony with punishment from 2 to 20 years for a first offense.
The next level of assault is assault. Second, this is a class C felony charge. The range of punishment is from one year and one day to 10 years in prison.
The lowest level of assault is assault third-degree. This is a misdemeanor and the maximum punishment for this crime is one year in jail.
Any assault crime means that someone has suffered physical injury and, for this reason, judges treat assault cases more seriously than most other nonviolent crimes.
In addition to the risk of potentially greater punishment, an assault conviction carries collateral consequences. Many employers are reluctant to hire someone who has been convicted of a crime of violence. In addition, even employers who might be willing to "give someone a chance" may not be willing to do so due to the risk of potential lawsuits if they knowingly hire someone with a history of violent criminal behavior.
An assault conviction can result in the loss of other rights and privileges. For example, one can lose the right to possess a firearm. A conviction for assault may also be a negative factor in issues such as child custody because the judge may decide it's in the best interests of the child not to be placed with a parent who has a history of violence.
Because of the potential for imprisonment and the numerous negative consequences that follow from an assault conviction, anyone faced with these charges should seek knowledgeable legal counsel-and they should do so as quickly as possible.
An experienced lawyer can guide you through the legal system and will do all that they can ethically and legally do to ensure that your case is resolved in the best way possible.
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