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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.

When it comes to criminal trials, you might hear the terms "heat of passion" or "premeditated." These terms have to do with whether the criminal act was thought about in advance. A crime that was committed in the heat of passion is one that wasn't planned, but instead was a knee-jerk reaction to a situation you encountered. A premeditated crime is one that was planned or thought about before it actually occurred.

Another factor that can affect an assault and battery case is the presence of other criminal charges. When that occurs, each individual criminal charge must be considered when we plan your defense. These other charges might include obstruction of justice, disorderly conduct, domestic violence or verbal assault. In each of these cases, your defense strategy will have to be tailored in a way that answers each charge while presenting a seamless defense.

We understand that you might have questions about the charges you are facing. This might include whether there are options available that will help you resolve the case quickly, such as a plea deal. We can help you to find the answers you seek as we work on building your defense.

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