Michigan Assault Charges

There are a number of different assault charges that may be brought against you in the State of Michigan. As in all criminal cases, the prosecutor must prove all the elements of any assault charge beyond a reasonable doubt.

Assault and battery charges in Michigan can from simple misdemeanors to serious felonies, but all carry life-changing consequences. As witnesses are often fueled by anger or money, successfully defeating these serious accusations is with a skilled assault attorney on your side. With an extensive knowledge of the law, the top assault defense attorney Chris Kessel has the skill required to tear down jealous, angry witnesses, as well as the rest of the prosecutor’s case. For the best outcome to your assault and battery case, you need Detroit’s top criminal attorney at Chris Kessel Law.

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Understanding “Assault” and “Battery”

In Michigan there are many different kinds of assault and battery charges that may be brought by the prosecutor. These can vary from misdemeanor charges that carry probation or a short jail sentence to felony charges that can carry up to life in prison. More often than not, prosecutors will bring the most serious charge they can, even if the charge is not totally supported by the evidence. That is why it’s important to have one of Michigan’s top assault attorneys at your side.

Before distinguishing between the wide variety of assaults, it’s important to understand what is an “assault” and what is a “battery.” A “battery” is simply the intentional, unwanted, and offensive touching of another person. An “assault” is the act of putting someone in fear of a battery. Many people believe that in order to be charged with an assaultive crime that an actual, physical touching must occur (aka battery) must occur. That is absolutely not the case, and it is possible to be accused of assault without physically touching anyone.



Our Approach To Assault Charges

Chris Kessel has over a decade of experience dealing with assault charges. Because he is a top criminal defense attorney, when a client retains Chris Kessel he immediately begin to develop a comprehensive strategy for success. Sometimes success means convincing the prosecutor to dismiss the charges completely or have them greatly reduced. Other times it means a motion to suppress evidence to have the case dismissed by a judge, or fully preparing for trial and securing a not guilty verdict.

Assault charges are often fueled by emotional and hostile witnesses. More often than not, a verdict will hang solely on the testimony of a complaining witness. The means that you need an attorney who is skilled in the art of cross examination, who can force a witness to admit things that may contradict earlier statements, police reports, hospital records, and other witnesses. Other times a case will turn on what the defendant’s intent was during the alleged assault. It can often times be difficult if not impossible to prove what someone’s intent was. Chris Kessel has the experience needed to persuade a prosecutor, judge, or jury that you did not have the necessary intent to convict.

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    -Brandon | Detroit MI
    Home Invasion, Assault With Intent To Do Bodily Harm & Malicious Destruction of Property

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    -B.B. | Mount Clemons, MI
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