Jump to Navigation

Assault & Battery Archives

Plan the purpose of your defense before getting started

Facing a violent crime charge means that you need to work hard on your defense because prosecutors usually work hard on these cases because of the circumstances that are involved in these cases. We know that this is an upsetting thought, but thinking about this now can help you keep your focus on your defense.

Understand what factors might impact a criminal sentence

One of the things that people who are going through the criminal justice system think about often is what sentence they will face if they are convicted. The sentences are usually determined by looking into a host of factors. Understanding these might help you to plan your defense.

Don't hide from your domestic violence case, stand up against it

We recently discussed how important it is for you to take domestic violence charges seriously. Now that you have had a chance to read that post and think about your case, you probably realize that now is the time for you to get things going in your case. Even if it is difficult to think about what happened that lead to these charges, you have to confront that so that you can begin building your defense.

Domestic violence charges must be handled seriously

Domestic violence is a serious issue in many homes. Unfortunately, there are also some instances of domestic violence accusations that are completely false. Before you prepare to fight against these accusations, you should understand a few points about what domestic violence entails.

Violence and threats this holiday season can lead to charges

The holiday season is one that should be joyous; however, there are instances in which family events or holiday parties might turn tense. In these cases, it is important that everyone remain calm. If things erupt and a physical altercation ensues, criminal charges might be on the heels of that altercation.

Don't wait too long to start on your defense strategy

In our recent blog post, we discussed how the investigative process plays an important part in the criminal justice process. If you recall, there are some instances in which errors will be made during this process. It is up to your defense team to try to fish out those errors so that we can use them as part of your defense.

The investigative progress matters in criminal cases

Many criminal cases hinge on the information that is collected during the investigative process. Understanding how the investigative process works can often help people who are facing possible criminal charges. The way that this process works can vary from one case to another; however, there are some basic components that remain fairly constant in almost every investigation.

The reason for violent crimes can impact charges and sentences

Violent crimes of any sort are prosecuted harshly. The motivation behind the crime is something that might be considered when the charges are being determined and when a sentence is handed down after a conviction. One example is when the motivation for a crime was hatred for a protected group. In that case, the violent crime might be labeled as a hate crime.

Circumstances of assault and battery charges can vary

The circumstances surrounding an assault and battery charge can make a big difference in how your case is handled and how you are able to handle your defense. A big component of any assault and battery case is whether the incident was spur of the moment or if it was premeditated. Generally, criminal acts that are premeditated are prosecuted in a harsher manner than those that are spur of the moment.

Road rage incident in Fairfax County leads to criminal charges

Road rage incidents are making the news and drawing awareness to the violent temper that some people have while they are driving. One of the high profile road rage incidents lately was that of the former National Football League's player's death when he was shot in a road rage incident. While that didn't occur in Virginia, another road rage incident did occur here. Now, a woman is facing criminal charges based on allegations of road rage.

Email Your Concerns

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close
Contacting Us

Ronald E. Smith, P.C.
3900 University Drive
Suite 320
Fairfax, VA 22030
map and directions

Phone: 703-539-5825
Fax: 703-352-3370