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Assault Crimes


Attorney Carl Jordan has handled numerous assault cases and won not guilty verdicts at trial. He has also negotiated favorable plea deals and been successful in getting charges dismissed.

Each county in Michigan handles assault cases differently. An experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer adjusts his or her approach to get the best possible result. Most assault cases do not go to trial; however, there may be no other alternative.

There are many different assault charges in Michigan. The most common assault charges and the penalties associated with them are listed below.

“Assault” and “battery” although often used together are legally two separate concepts. “Battery” refers to “a forceful, violent, or offensive touching of a person or something closely connected with a person. “Assault,” on the other hand, refers to an act that would cause a reasonable person to fear an immediate battery or an attempted battery.

Assault is any threat of harm made against another person, where that person believes they could be hurt or injured. If you raise a heavy object over someone’s head and the person believes you are about to hit them, that is an assault.

Battery happens when you actually make contact with another person or an object that person has under their control. If you knock something out of a person’s hand or a hat off someone’s head, you can be charged with battery. You could even be charged with battery if you strike someone’s vehicle while they are inside the car.

The penalties for assault, and assault and battery are the same. They include:

  • Up to 93 days in jail and/or a fine of no more than $500

Aggravated assault is a misdemeanor that is a more serious form of assault and battery. Aggravated assault occurs when a defendant assaults someone without a weapon and causes serious injury without the intent of committing murder or inflicting great bodily harm.

The penalties for aggravated assault are:

  • Up to 1 year in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine

Assaulting a current or former resident of your household, a spouse or former spouse, someone you have dated or someone with whom you have a child in common is domestic assault. If convicted of domestic violence, a lifetime federal ban on possession or ownership of firearms and ammunition will be imposed in addition to other penalties.. Domestic abuse is separated into two distinct categories.

    Domestic Assault
    An individual who assaults or assaults and batters someone with whom a domestic relationship exists is guilty of domestic assault. This charge does not require injury to the victim.

    The penalties for domestic assault are:
    • Up to 1 year in jail and/or up to a $500 fine for the first conviction
    • Up to 1 year in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine for the second conviction
    • The third conviction is a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or up to a $5,000 fine

    Aggravated Domestic Assault
    The crime of aggravated domestic assault is charged when a person sustains injuries that require medical care. This crime does not involve a weapon.

    In addition to possible probation, counseling, community service, etc., the penalties for aggravated domestic assault are:
    • Up to 1 year in jail and/or up to a $1,000 fine.
    • The second conviction is a felony punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or up to a $5,000 fine

Assault with Intent to Commit Murder
Any person who assaults another with intent to commit the crime of murder is guilty of assault with intent to commit murder.

If a person is convicted of assault with intent to commit murder, the punishment is:

  • Imprisonment in the state prison for life or any number of years

Assault with Intent to Commit Bodily Harm (Assault GBH)
Assault with intent to commit great bodily harm refers to any physical injury which could seriously harm the health or function of the body. This crime is a felony.

If convicted of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm the punishment is:

  • Imprisonment in the state prison for a period of not more than 10 years

The attorney you select for your assault case should have handled numerous assault cases – from assault and battery to assault with intent to commit murder. This is not a time to hire an attorney whose experience is mainly composed of low-level felonies such as shoplifting. Ask any attorney you speak with about their experience in defending clients charged with various assault crimes..

While there are some very talented attorneys with only a few years of experience, it is to your advantage to have an experienced attorney representing you. There are things an attorney cannot learn in law school. Some skills can only be acquired by practicing law in the real world. It is a very good thing if the judges and prosecutors in the jurisdiction where you are charged are familiar with your attorney. It is also important that your attorney knows the drill of the court handling your case and is familiar with the approach of the judge and prosecutor.

Experience is not the only criteria you want to look for when you hire an attorney. You need an attorney with trial experience. Not one, two or three trials -- many trials. While many criminal cases are settled with plea agreements, your case may go to trial. Therefore, you want to choose a lawyer who has exceptional negotiating skills combined with aggressive and successful trial skills.

Attorney Carl Jordan delivers the results that only a seasoned, experienced assault attorney can deliver. He has won dismissals and NOT GUILTY verdicts in many assault cases.

As a result of his experience as an assistant prosecutor, Attorney Jordan has valuable insight into the aggressive investigative tactics commonly employed by police and prosecutors. With a goal of defending your rights and protecting your freedom he combs through the evidence against you to expose any mistakes made by police or prosecuting attorneys.

With so much on the line, you owe it to yourself talk to Attorney Jordan. Call him at 248 358-6647 for a free consultation.


Assault Crimes
  • Assault and Battery
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Domestic Violence Assault
  • Assault with Intent to Commit Murder
  • Assault with Intent to Commit Bodily Harm