A Former Prosecutor Defending Clients in Wyoming and South Dakota
Assault and battery are some of the most common charges of violent crime a person may face. Allegations of assault and battery can send your life in a direction you never expected, and you may be wondering how you will move forward.
At the Just Criminal Law Legal Group, we routinely represent people who have been charged with assault and battery, and we are here to help.
Here, we offer 5 things you need to know about assault and battery charges in Wyoming, and what a team of criminal defense professionals can do for you.
In Wyoming, criminal assault occurs when a person “having the present ability to do so...unlawfully attempts to cause injury to another. WY Stat §6-2-501(a).
Criminal battery occurs when a person “intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another person by use of physical force.” WY Stat §6-2-501(b)
Aggravated assault and battery is a more severe crime and occurs when a person “attempts to cause serious bodily injury to another intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life; attempts to cause, or intentionally or knowingly causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; threatens to use a drawn deadly weapon on another unless reasonably necessary in defense of his person, property, or abode or to prevent serious bodily injury to another; or intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to a woman whom he knows is pregnant.” WY Stat §6-2-502
Assault is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $750.
Battery is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in jail, a fine of up to $750, or both.
Aggravated assault and battery is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Every assault and battery charge is unique, and defending someone against charges of assault and battery is case-specific.
Potential defenses to charges of assault and battery in Wyoming include:
Assault is the attempt to cause injury to another person, while battery is the crime of actually causing injury to someone else.
In order for a person to claim they were assaulted, you need to have the present ability to carry out the threat, and the threat must be reasonable. If you do not have the ability to actually cause harm to someone else, the claim of assault is invalid. Likewise, if you threatened assault if someone does something (a conditional threat), there can be no assault.
Charges of criminal assault, battery, or aggravated assault and battery can be complicated. An experienced criminal defense lawyer will be able to analyze the facts of your case and identify whether the prosecution will be able to meet all the elements necessary to convict you of the crime. If the prosecution cannot prove each and every element of the case beyond a reasonable doubt, you cannot be convicted.
In practice, defending someone against charges of assault, battery, or aggravated assault and battery is not always so simple.
At Just Criminal Law Legal Group, our team of criminal defense professionals will aggressively defend you against charges of assault, battery, or aggravated assault and battery. We will investigate the prosecution’s case, interview witnesses, and work with experts as necessary to vigorously defend you.
Our founder, Christina L. Williams, is a former prosecutor and has been practicing criminal law since 2001. She has the experience, expertise, and insight into how a prosecutor presents a case and knows how to defend you, and to protect your one shot at justice.
DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this article is offered for educational purposes only. This information is not offered as legal advice. A person accused of a crime should always consult with an attorney before making decisions that have legal consequences.