Threatening and attacking another person is not something you ever thought you or your loved one would be accused of doing, but here you are. You or they are facing assault charges as a result, for which the consequences in North Dakota can be quite severe. What can you do to help yourself or them?
Assault is a serious offense, but not all assault cases end in conviction. You or your loved one have the right to the presumption of innocence unless and until proven guilty. To be found guilty certain elements have to exist in the case, such as the intent to harm and a victim fearing for his or her safety. Without all the necessary elements, the case may be dismissed or the charges reduced.
There are a few defense strategies that may work in an assault case. The most common are claiming self-defense, defending others or defending your property — any of which, if successful, can result in case dismissal. Of course, some individuals may be better off working to procure a plea deal. Legal counsel can help you or your loved one decide the best way to approach the case.
The penalties associated with a conviction on an charge in North Dakota include time behind bars, fines and community service — among others. Any of which can have a significant impact on your life. While fighting assault charges can be difficult, with the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney, you can make informed decisions as you work through the court system and fight for the best possible outcome.