According to the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, in 2019 there were about 7,099 reported cases of violent crimes in Kansas City, Missouri, including 5,159 aggravated assault incidents. In the state of Missouri, a person may be charged with assault for attempting to cause or intentionally causing physical or bodily injury to another person. If convicted, the defendant may be facing lengthy imprisonment, huge fines, a criminal record, and other social consequences.
If you have been arrested and charged with assault, you need to retain an aggressive criminal defense attorney immediately to protect your rights. At The Alsobrook Law Firm, I have the experience and resources to guide and represent clients facing assault charges. As your legal counsel, I can review and investigate all the facts of your personal situation, explore your legal options, and strategize an effective defense for your case. I will fight aggressively to protect your legal rights, dispute the accusations against you with overwhelming evidence, and attempt to establish your innocence.
At The Alsobrook Law Firm, I proudly represent clients in Kansas City, Missouri, and throughout the states of Kansas and Missouri.
Under Missouri laws, an assault occurs when a person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes, or attempts to cause, physical injury or harm to someone else. In Missouri, assault crimes are generally divided into two - misdemeanor and felony assault.
Pursuant to Missouri Laws Section 565.056, a person commits the offense of assault in the fourth degree if:
The person attempts to cause or recklessly causes physical injury, physical pain, or illness to another person.
With criminal negligence, the person causes physical injury to another person using a firearm.
The person deliberately places another person in apprehension of immediate physical injury.
The person recklessly engages in conduct that creates a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to another person.
The person knowingly causes or attempts to cause physical contact with a person with a disability, which a reasonable person, who does not have a disability, would consider offensive or provocative.
The person knowingly causes physical contact with another person knowing the other person will regard the contact as offensive or provocative.
Penalties: Fourth-degree assault is charged as a Class C misdemeanor or Class A misdemeanor (special victim).
Class C misdemeanor: Punishable by up to 15 days in prison and a maximum fine of $750.
Class A misdemeanor: Punishable by up to 1 year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000.
Felony assault includes assault in the first, second, and third-degree.
Pursuant to Missouri Laws Section 565.050, a person commits the offense of assault in the first degree for attempting to kill or knowingly causing or attempting to cause serious physical injury to another person.
Penalties: First-degree assault is a Class B felony punishable by imprisonment for 5 to 15 years.
Pursuant to Missouri Laws Section 565.052, a person commits the offense of assault in the second degree if he or she:
Attempts to kill or knowingly cause or attempts to cause serious physical injury to another person under the influence of sudden passion arising out of adequate cause.
Attempts to cause or knowingly cause physical injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.
Recklessly causes serious physical injury to another person.
Recklessly causes physical injury to another person by means of discharging a firearm.
Penalties: Second-degree assault is a Class D felony, punishable by up to 7 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.
According to Missouri Laws Section 565.054, a person commits the offense of assault in the third degree if he or she knowingly causes physical injury to another person.
Penalties: Third-degree assault is charged as a Class E Felony or Class D Felony if the victim is a "special victim."
Class E Felony: Punishable by up to 4 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Class D Felony: Punishable by up to 7 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
According to Missouri Revised Statutes Section 565.002(14), a "special victim" includes any of the following persons, assaulted in the performance of their official duties:
A law enforcement officer
Emergency personnel, any paid or volunteer firefighter, emergency room or trauma center personnel, or emergency medical technician
A probation or parole officer
An elderly person
A person with a disability
A vulnerable person
Any jailer or corrections officer of the state or one of its political subdivisions
A highway worker in a construction or work zone
Any utility worker
Any cable worker
Any employee of a mass transit system
An assault offense committed against any of the above persons will attract enhanced penalties.
Defending your assault charges by yourself could easily increase your risks of getting convicted and receiving the maximum penalties for your offense. If convicted, you could be facing massive fines, a lengthy jail time, a criminal record, and devastating, life-long ramifications. Therefore, when facing assault allegations, hiring a highly skilled and aggressive criminal defense attorney is paramount to help protect your rights and outline a strong defense strategy for your personal situation.
At The Alsobrook Law Firm, I have devoted my career to handling criminal cases and defending clients accused of assault. As your attorney, I can review every detail of your case, conduct a thorough investigation, and determine your best defense strategy for your unique situation. Using my extensive experience and legal understanding, I will help you navigate the Missouri criminal justice system, fight aggressively to protect your rights, and ensure that you receive fair treatment at every legal proceeding.
Facing assault charges can be scary. Don't face them alone. Contact The Alsobrook Law Firm today to schedule a free one-on-one case assessment. I can offer you the experienced legal counsel, reliable advocacy, and strong representation you need in your case. My firm is proud to serve clients in Kansas City and throughout the states of Kansas and Missouri.