Assaults can carry harsh penalties and are taken seriously in Tennessee.
In the State of Tennessee, the both of the terms “assault” and “battery” are included under the title of “Assault.”
Tennessee Assault Laws
Assault is defined as either intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing bodily injury to another; or, intentionally or knowingly causing another to reasonably fear imminent bodily harm. It is charged as a misdemeanor.
In Tennessee, it is considered assault to intentionally or knowingly cause offensive contact with another that a reasonable person would regard as extremely offensive or provocative.
Aggravated assault is an assault that causes seriously bodily injury to another; or, with the use or display of a deadly weapon. It is charged as a felony.
Violent crimes such as assault, domestic assault, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, rape, kidnapping, and murder are taken very seriously under Tennessee criminal law. The charge for an assault violent crime in Tennessee can be prosecuted as either a felony or a misdemeanor. If convicted, you could face have to pay full restitution to the victim, counseling, probation, a criminal record, and time in the county jail or state prison. The attorneys at The Cave Law Firm, PLLC have extensive experience handling assault cases in the East Tennessee area.
Tennessee has some of the tough laws and punishments for a conviction of an assault violent crime. A conviction of a violent crime can result from a charge by the prosecutor of either a misdemeanor or a felony. A conviction can result in jail or prison time, fines, full restitution to the victim, probation or parole, counseling, and a permanent entry on your criminal record. Other consequences include potentially losing your rights to own a firearm, loss of your job or employment opportunities and/or loss of your driver’s license. These charges are extremely serious and can be used to enhance future punishment in the future.
If you have been arrested and charged with an assault crime in East Tennessee, do not take it lightly. It is in your best interest to hire a qualified Tennessee criminal defense attorney.
You will find us to be zealous in pursuit of positive results and dedicated to giving clients the personal attention they deserve. If you are looking for the best Greeneville or Kingsport attorneys, look no further than the Cave Law Firm. Based in Greeneville and Kingsport, The Cave Law Firm, PLLC, represents clients throughout the Tri-Cities and Eastern Tennessee.