Maybe it was an accident. Maybe you were acting in self-defense. Maybe an argument got escalated during the heat of the moment. No matter what the reason for your assault and battery charge, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer protecting your rights.
Located in Kansas City, The Law Office of Andrew T. Christie, LLC, provides strong, effective criminal defense to clients in the surrounding communities. I am committed to you and your rights. I will do everything in our power to defeat your assault and battery charges so you can move forward with your life.
Defend Against Assault And Battery Charges
In Missouri, assault and battery can be charged as felony or misdemeanor offenses, depending on the circumstances:
- First-degree assault is charged when police believe there was an intent to kill, or when the alleged victim sustains serious bodily injury or harm. This is the most serious assault crime in Missouri — a class B felony. If convicted you have anywhere from five to 30 years in prison.
- Second-degree assault is charged where recklessness or criminal negligence resulted in serious physical injury to another, or where a deadly weapon was used. This is also a felony assault offense. Convictions carry prison terms from five to 15 years.
- Third-degree assault encompasses things like bar fights and other incidents where only minor injuries are sustained. This is a misdemeanor assault charge, punishable by fines and up to 15 days in jail.
Anyone can plead guilty. It takes an experienced trial attorney to fight it out in court. I am attorney Andrew Christie. I have a reputation for being a skilled felony litigator. I will fight to protect your rights.
You Need An Experienced, Effective Assault Defense Lawyer On Your Side
I know there is more to the story than the police report. I will listen to your side of the story, educate you about your rights and advise you on your defense options.
My firm thoroughly investigates the circumstances surrounding the alleged assault. I interview witnesses, talk to friends and family members, and uncover any motives the alleged victim has for making false claims against you. I then build a strong defense that provides you with the best chance at a favorable outcome.
To schedule a free consultation, contact The Law Office of Andrew T. Christie, LLC, today.