Assault and Battery Defense

Lead Counsel: Paul Thurmond

Attorneys for Assault and Battery in South Carolina

Have you been charged with assault and battery in Charleston, SC? You may feel scared and uncertain of your next step. You may not even understand the difference between the types of assault and battery. You need attorneys who can help explain these serious charges to you and walk you through your defense.

Thurmond Kirchner & Timbes can help. We have experience representing clients facing assault and battery charges, and we can address any questions or concerns you have about your case. Many of our clients want to understand the difference between 1st, 2nd and 3rd-degree assault and battery.

What Constitutes First, Second and Third-Degree Assault and Battery in Charleston?

South Carolina defines assault and battery as unlawfully injuring another person. The degree you’re charged with depends on the severity of those injuries and several other factors. Here’s how each charge breaks down:

  • First Degree (Felony): The offended party’s injuries occurred during a theft or kidnapping, and/or the accused touches the private parts of the alleged victim with ill intent. Alternatively, the accused tried to harm the offended party with intent, during a theft or an attempt to cause great bodily harm or death.
  • Second Degree (Misdemeanor): The accused offers, attempts or actually harms another person, and the offended party is harmed — or, the accused touched the offended party’s private parts without consent.
  • Third Degree (Misdemeanor): A 3rd-degree assault and battery is also called simple assault, and it means the accused caused injury to an offended party or threatened them and has the ability to carry out that threat.

Common Defenses for Assault and Battery

To defend clients against assault and battery charges, we may use a claim of self-defense. Often the accused feels a real threat against them, which leads to the incident where they’re charged. They also may feel they had no way to escape an escalating situation.

Defense of others, where the accused comes to the aid of another person, and defense of property, where the accused defended their own property from a threat, are also common defense against assault and battery charges. We may also argue the offended party provided consent for the act that led to the charge.

Contact Us Today to Discuss Your Assault and Battery Case in Charleston, South Carolina

You need an experienced attorney to provide counsel and representation when you face assault and battery charges. We can answer your questions, guide you through the court process, and talk to you about your concerns.

Our attorneys are reliable and committed to you. They’ve worked these types of cases before, so they understand the ins and outs of each possible argument. Call Thurmond Kirchner & Timbes today at (843) 937-8000 to discuss your assault and battery case.

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