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North Charleston Criminal Defense Attorney
Former Prosecutor for North Charleston, SC Assault & Battery cases, Attorney Tim Amey has handled and tried hundreds of these types of cases. Now practicing Criminal Defense in Charleston, SC, Attorney Tim Amey is here to help and well equipped with the experience to aid in protecting your rights.
Charged with Assault and Battery in Charleston, SC?The penalties for this type of arrest and conviction vary in degree based on the circumstances of the case. An individual could face either a misdemeanor or felony charge depending on how the offense was allegedly committed. Conviction for any Assault and Battery charge can result in a fine or jail time. Furthermore, getting convicted has the added consequence of a crime of violence appearing in a background check. No matter the degree of the charge, your rights and freedom are at stake. North Charleston criminal defense attorney Tim Amey is devoted to protecting clients from allegations of wrong-doing and will bring his experience to bear in aggressively defending your case.
Penalties for Assault and Battery in South Carolina:
South Carolina Code of Laws §16-3-600 assigns three degrees of Assault and Battery, and outlines an additional crime referred to as Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature:
- Third Degree - Charged where there is actual injury or injury is threatened and presently possible. Misdemeanor with a $500 fine or up to 30 days in jail.
- Second Degree - Charged in cases where the victim suffers moderate bodily injury or where it could have occurred. Misdemeanor with up to $2,500 in fines or up to three years in prison, or both.
- First Degree - Involves injuries including nonconsensual touching of the private parts of the victim; or any actual or threatened injuries which occur during a robbery, burglary, kidnapping or theft, or by means which are likely to cause great bodily injury or death. Felony with up to ten years in prison
- High and Aggravated Nature - Charged when the victim suffers great bodily injury or if the offense is committed in a way that is likely to cause death or great bodily injury. Felony with a maximum sentence of twenty years in prison.