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Assault and Battery Penalties and Sentencing

The penalties and sentences for an assault and/or battery conviction can vary widely depending on the law of the state where the offense was committed, as well as the circumstances of each case. Punishments can range anywhere from fines to imprisonment, depending on the severity of the offense and the offender's criminal history. Individuals who are first time-offenders may receive more leniency, while those who have an extensive criminal record or repeated instances of violent conduct may receive stiffer penalties.

Without a doubt, should the severity of the assault or battery case rise to the level of an aggravated assault / battery, potential penalties would rise dramatically, because aggravated assault constitutes a felony in all states. Please visit FindLaw's Crimes Against Persons section to read more about aggravated assault and find more information on that and related offenses.

In many jurisdictions, assaults and batteries can carry enhanced penalties for certain classes of victims. For example, many states create a more serious offense or increase the punishment for an assault or battery that is committed on a police officer or other type of public servant such as a paramedic, firefighter, teacher, etc. Similarly, laws may carry harsher penalties for assaults or batteries committed against family members or others living with the offender, or such crimes may be prosecuted under domestic abuse or violence laws.

Additionally, states often create different levels or degrees of severity for assault / battery offenses, each with its own range of sentencing. Because sentencing laws vary widely depending on the statutes, the facts of a given case, as well as a variety of other factors, individuals seeking specific information on assault and battery penalties may be best served by contacting a local criminal defense attorney.

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