For over 11 years, Baltimore assault attorney Randolph Rice has defended individuals charged with crimes throughout Maryland including misdemeanor assault and felony assault charges. At the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, their assault lawyers fight for the rights of their clients when facing serious assault charges by keeping their clients informed of possible consequences and leading them through the tough decisions that must be made in their assault case.
Call today for a free consultation with an experienced Baltimore assault attorney at 410-288-2900 or 800-470-RICE.
Baltimore Assault Attorney Randolph Rice
If you been accused of assault, either a first-degree assault or second-degree assault, you may feel like the charges are one-sided. The police have told their story and written their police reports based on what the alleged victim stated.
But you were unable to tell your side of the story or present the full facts of what happened. The assault attorneys at the Law Offices of Randolph Rice are not scared by the police or taking your case to trial. We work tirelessly for our clients, ensuring that their side of the story is hurt.
Call today to discuss your assault case with an experienced Baltimore assault attorney.
Criminal defense attorney Randolph Rice will fight to achieve the best possible result in your assault case.
Whether you’re charged with assault 2nd degree or assault 1st degree, we will ensure that you receive the best legal defenses in Maryland. An assault conviction could mean jail time, stiff fines and lengthy probation. Don’t take chances with your future, talk to our top Baltimore assault attorneys today by calling the office 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Misdemeanor assault in Maryland
In Maryland, under Maryland Criminal Code 3-203, a person can be charged with misdemeanor second-degree assault if they make offensive physical contact with another person. Also, a person can be charged with second-degree assault misdemeanor if it is alleged you attempted to assault an individual or you frightened an individual to the point of believing they would be assaulted.
Penalty for Second Degree Assault in Baltimore MD
If convicted of second-degree assault in Maryland, a person could be facing up to 10 years in jail and or a $2,500 fine. If charged with assault on a police officer, the defendant is facing a felony and up to 10 years in jail.
Domestic violence lawyer
Domestic violence cases involving assault are some of the most commonly seen in the Maryland court system. Domestic violence is typically defined as an assault between individuals that know each other or have some sort of relationship.
This can range anywhere from husband and wife, husband and husband, wife on wife assault, or an assault involving individuals that have a sexual relationship or children in common. These state text particular attention to domestic violence assault cases because of the nature of the relationship.
The state believes that since there is a prior relationship between the parties, it is likely in the future that they will have contact again. Therefore, the state will prosecute domestic violence cases stronger than they typically do other non-domestic violence assault cases.
A domestic violence case is not an assault in a bar brawl or a fight at a Ravens game between individuals that do not know each other. Even thought these are not classified as domestic violence, they are still very serious and the state’s attorney will prosecute to the full extent of the law.
Defenses to an assault charge
While there are many defenses on the Maryland rules, they’re also general defenses that can be asserted if charged with assault in Maryland. There is the opportunity at trial to confront the witnesses and discredit their testimony.
If a judge or jury does not believe a witness or victim, that may negatively affect the state’s case and prevent them from finding you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. In addition to credibility issues during trial, there is also the possibility of self-defense and defense of others if charged with assault.
Common questions about assault Maryland
If you’re facing criminal assault charges in Maryland, then you have a lot of questions. Below are some of the most common questions we hear from clients charged with first and second degree assault in Maryland.
Can the victim in an assault case drop the charges?
No, only the state’s attorney can dismiss or nolle prosequi assault charges once they have been filed. Once assault charges are filed in Maryland, they are picked up by the state and the state is the moving party. The state will look to the victim in terms of the direction of the case, but if the assault is serious enough for the defendant has a checkered past, the state will typically not outright drop the charges.
Can I get an assault expunged from my record?
It depends on the outcome in your assault case, the chargers can be expunged depending on the disposition by the court. For example, if the case was dismissed, nolle prosequi, or resulted in an acquittal the charges can be expunged immediately.
If the assault resulted in a probation before judgement, PBJ, then the charges of assault can be expunged after 3 years for the date of disposition. The same rule applies for a stet, the individual must wait three years from the entering of the STET to have the assault expunged.
Starting October 1st 2017, there is a new Maryland expungement law going into effect that will allow your expungement attorney to remove guilty findings for assault after a 10-year period. An exception to the rule involves cases of domestic violence. If the assault charges were marked domestic violence related did the charges of guilty for a second degree assault cannot be expunged until 15 years after the disposition.
Top rated Baltimore assault attorney
If you or someone you know is facing a misdemeanor or felony assault charge in Maryland, contact the top Baltimore and Maryland criminal attorney Randolph Rice for a free consultation. Mr. Rice will give your case a full evaluation and discuss all options with you, as well as discuss possible defenses and how his office can defend your rights and freedom. He has multiple office throughout the Baltimore metro area, located at 6914 Holabird Avenue, Baltimore Maryland 21222. He also has an office in Lutherville Maryland at 1301 York Road, Suite 2, Timonium Maryland 21093 as well as an office in Ellicott City in Howard County.
Assault Criminal Lawyer Baltimore
It’s not uncommon for a night of drinking or the use of drugs to lead to an assault charge. We understand people make mistakes and that in the heat of the moment or when tempers flare individuals may lash out at others. Assault charges are serious and you need a good lawyer to defend you in court.
Most people don’t realize how serious the charges are until they appear in court and it’s too late. It’s important to keep in mind that in the district court, the first date is often your trial date and you may not receive a postponement.
If that’s the case, you may be forced to trial or to accept a plea that could reflect you negatively for the rest of your life. Because assault 2nd degree carries the possibility of a sentence greater than 90 days, individuals charged are entitled to a jury trial. The decision to elect a jury trial should not be made lightly as there are opportunities to try a case for a judge in the district court which may benefit your case.