Marion Assault and Battery Defense Attorneys
Criminal assault and battery charges can be either felonies or misdemeanors. Jail or prison time are possible punishments, along with hefty fines. These results can lead to a number of additional negative effects on your life and livelihood. You could lose your job, face stressful financial situations, and jeopardize the relationships with your family and loved ones. No matter your circumstances, the best decision you can make is to have an experienced criminal defense attorney represent you for the charges you face. A skilled criminal defense attorney can help reduce your charges, reduce potential jail or prison time, and can give you a much stronger chance of prevailing in your case altogether.
At Law Office of William J. Luse, attorney William J. Luse has extensive experience in the representation of clients who face criminal charges for assault and battery. As a skilled Marion criminal defense attorney and negotiator, Luse offers high-quality representation for clients in Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas. If you are facing an assault and battery charge in Marion, please call Law Office of William J. Luse at (843) 839-4795 for a free consultation today.
Why You Need a Lawyer
In any type of situation where you await trial on criminal charges, your opposition will be a team of lawyers who have created a case surrounding your actions. Their main focus is to win their case, and that means potentially putting you behind bars. The only way to achieve a positive result in your case is to meet this kind of powerful offense with stronger, better-prepared defense. This means retaining a knowledgeable, experienced Marion criminal defense lawyer for your case. At Law Office of William J. Luse, we can assist you with all elements of your defense for assault and battery charges. Our professional experience and high success rate will give you the best opportunity for a favorable outcome in your case.
If you think you may be unable to afford a criminal defense attorney, you may be offered a public defender by the court. While a public defender may say that there is no cost to you for their services, the hidden cost can be the outcome of your case. Public defenders are often overworked, and they have limited resources available for their use in the defense of their clients. While all attorneys have a duty to represent their clients to the best of their ability, the “best” of a public defender’s ability is simply not as good as that of a private attorney, who will be able to dedicate the necessary time and effort to your case in order to achieve the best possible results.
At Law Office of William J. Luse, criminal defense services may not come free, but we make every effort to provide affordable legal representation to those in need. When you call us for your free initial consultation, we will discuss your financial situation so that we can make our services work for you.
In assault and battery cases, a big part of trial preparation will involve the evidence surrounding the circumstances causing the event in question. The legal rules of evidence are what allow certain evidence to be admitted or to be excluded. These admissions and exclusions can be crucial to a favorable outcome in your case. An experienced attorney knows these rules inside and out and can give you an advantage in your case by applying the rules in your favor. At Law Office of William J. Luse, we apply our thorough understanding of the law to your case so that you have every opportunity to come out on top.
Why Choose Law Office of William J. Luse
At Law Office of William J. Luse, we serve clients in Marion, Myrtle Beach, and across South Carolina. We have made our home in Myrtle Beach, and we take the responsibility of providing quality legal services for our neighbors very seriously. We are actively involved in our community and find that the proficient legal representation of our clients in both criminal defense and personal injury matters are a much-needed service in our area. Attorney William J. Luse is a skilled trial lawyer who has received significant recognition in his years of practice in the area. He was rated as one of the 10 Best Attorneys in 2018 based on client satisfaction, holds a top rating on the Avvo legal database of qualified attorneys, and has also ranked as a top 10 attorney by Attorney and Practice Magazine for his work as a personal injury attorney. Mr. Luse is also a Best Attorneys of America member. These accolades represent the type of service that all clients receive at Law Office of William J. Luse, and the entire team will offer the same level of service to you in your case.
When you choose Law Office of William J. Luse, you will receive personalized attention in all stages of your case, we are always available to answer your questions and you’ll be treated with the dignity and respect you deserve. This can make all the difference in your outlook as you await a criminal trial, and your peace of mind is worth everything. Call Law Office of William J. Luse today for a complementary case consultation, and you will see the difference right away.
About Assault and Battery
Assault and battery are two crimes that generally occur together, but in some circumstances, you can have an assault without a battery.
- Assault: An intentional act that causes fear of an unwanted touch or bodily contact from the perpetrator to the victim. No actual bodily harm needs to occur, simply the threat of the harm is enough to constitute assault.
- Battery: The intentional, physical contact with the body of a victim who has not consented to this contact. Any type of physical contact is enough to constitute a battery, and the amount of harm done will result in greater degrees of the charge.
Because assault is generally about the fear of being touched without it actually happening, it is rare – but not impossible – for criminal charges to be brought against a defendant for assault without battery. For this reason, the two charges generally appear together.
The severity of assault and battery charges generally rely on the degree you are charged with as a defendant. In South Carolina, assault and battery charges are divided into four escalating levels:
- Simple, or 3rd Degree Assault and Battery: A misdemeanor (less serious) charge that occurs when the defendant minimally injures or attempts to injure a victim. A conviction of this offense results in a fine and/or no more than 30 days of imprisonment.
- 2nd Degree Assault and Battery: Also a misdemeanor, assault and battery is determined to be 2nd-degree when the injuries to the victim are moderate, or if moderate injuries could have occurred from the actions of the defendant. A 2nd-degree assault and battery conviction can result in a fine and up to three years of imprisonment.
- 1st Degree Assault and Battery: A felony charge that occurs when the assault and battery is of a nature where the bodily contact that occurred was on the private parts of the victim, or if the assault and battery occurred during the commission of another dangerous crime. According to South Carolina law, these dangerous crimes include robbery, burglary, kidnapping or theft. A 1st-degree assault and battery conviction can lead to a maximum of 10 years imprisonment.
- Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature: When the assault and battery occurs during an attempted murder.1st-degree assault and battery imprisonment is available in this circumstance but is usually a part of more extensive charges surrounding the attempted murder.
If you face any degree of assault and battery charges in Marion, please seek professional legal representation. This will give you help you achieve the best possible outcome in your case. At Law Office of William J. Luse, we are ready and willing to help you with your case and our team is just a phone call away.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do if I am arrested for assault and battery?
As with any arrest, be sure to exercise your right to remain silent and call an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as you can. Depending on your circumstances, your attorney may be able to reduce your charges, protect you from wrongful assault and battery charges, and ultimately plan the best defense possible for your case.
Can I be charged for assault and battery of a family member?
In South Carolina, assault and battery of a family member is considered domestic violence.
Can I still be convicted of assault and battery even if the victim was not injured?
Yes. Even if the victim was not injured, if they feared that you would injure them, you can still be charged and convicted. Always thoroughly review your case in with a knowledgeable attorney and provide as much information as possible because the details of your case are essential in these circumstances so that your attorney can plan the best defense strategy for you.
If you’ve been charged with a crime, you need someone to stand up for you. If you’re facing assault and battery charges, contact the compassionate, knowledgeable legal team of Law Office of William J. Luse at (843) 839-4795 or online. Our attorneys will listen to your side of the story and will work hard to have the charges against you dropped or reduced.