Virginia Assault & Battery Attorney
Staunch defense to misdemeanor and felony charges
If you have been arrested and charged with assault and battery, you face a period of turmoil and uncertainty. Depending upon any number of variables, your alleged offense could range from a Class 1 misdemeanor carrying a minimal sentence to a Class 2 felony with a sentence of 20 years to life. To avoid jail time and a criminal record, you need serious and determined legal representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney. Messman Law, PLC offers a vigorous defense to a wide range of assault charges, including:
Asserting your right to self-defense
If you have had a violent altercation, you may be able to assert self-defense or defense of an innocent third party. In order for self-defense to be viable, you must demonstrate that you (or the person you defended) were not the initial aggressor and that you ceased the assault when the aggressor ceased his attack or retreated. If at any point you used deadly force, you must demonstrate a reasonable fear that your life was in jeopardy. Our criminal attorney can evaluate your facts to see if self-defense is practical and advantageous for your case.
Enhancements for attacks against protected persons
The Commonwealth of Virginia has enacted statutory enhancements for public policy reasons. What might be a misdemeanor assault becomes a serious felony if it is directed against:
- Any person because of his race, religious conviction, color or national origin
- A judge, law enforcement officer or firefighter in performance of his or her duty
- A teacher, assistant principal, principal or guidance counselor on school property
- A healthcare worker in performance of his or her duty
To create a greater atmosphere of respect at learning institutions, the Commonwealth has made it a misdemeanor to cause physical harm to any student at any school, college, or university as part of a hazing ritual. At Messman Law, PLC I challenge the bases for any enhancement to ensure you receive the due process the Constitution guarantees.
Negotiating reductions in assault charges
Just as certain facts can be argued to enhance charges, other elements can be stressed to get charges and sentences reduced. An experienced attorney in Virginia Beach can tell when a prosecutor is confident in a case or when charges have been exaggerated to intimidate a defendant. Messman Law, PLC, skillfully negotiates reductions in charges and sentencing. I provide close counsel and sound advice to get you through your ordeal and limit the consequences of your arrest.
Contact a skilled and reliable assault lawyer in Virginia Beach
Messman Law, PLC defends clients from Norfolk to Virginia Beach and throughout the Chesapeake region against charges of assault and battery. To schedule a confidential consultation, call me at or contact the office online.
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