Assault Charges in Cleveland

Assault Crimes: As Defined in the Ohio Revised Code

There are several different levels of assault charges, all defined in the Ohio Revised Code (ORC). Simple assault is defined in ORC § 2903.13 as knowingly causing or attempting to cause physical harm to another or another's unborn, or recklessly causing physical harm to another or to a woman's unborn child. The offense can be filed as a misdemeanor in the first degree, or as a fourth-degree felony depending on what is alleged to have taken place.

A charge of negligent assault can be filed against you if it is alleged that you caused another person harm through the negligent use of a deadly weapon. Negligent assault (§ 2903.14) is a misdemeanor. Aggravated assault (§ 2903.12), which is committed in "sudden passion or in a sudden fit of rage," is a felony offense, as is felonious assault (§ 2903.11) involving a deadly weapon.

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Defense Against Charges of Assault

Friedman & Nemecek, LLC Attorneys at Law in Cleveland serve clients throughout the state of Ohio and beyond. In cases of charges of violent crimes such as assault, you need a Cleveland criminal attorney with an established record of success at trial. Each case has a varying levels of evidence, including police reports, witness statements, forensic evidence, and other data. After a full analysis of the facts in your case, our firm can advise you about your various options, including the strategy that could be employed to seek a dismissal, reduced charges or an acquittal at trial.

We invite you contact our firm to discuss your case. Our early involvement could be a critical point, as prior to your arraignment, there could be actions taken to reduce the level of the charge filed against you, or to seek a dismissal if the prosecutor's case is severely flawed. We think outside of the box in creating a defense case.

We are recognized and respected for our innovation and creative techniques in criminal defense, and in fact, train other attorneys on this and other subjects. We are not an average law firm. Find out more about us, read our recognitions, and then contact us as early as possible after your arrest.