Assault Inflicting Serious Injury
Assault is a serious and, unfortunately, common crime in North Carolina. In standard cases of assault, the aggressor may be charged with a misdemeanor if it’s his/her first offense; however, it is always essential to remember that the punishment for assault always depends on the circumstances surrounding the alleged crime. As such, if you commit assault on other person and the victim suffers serious injury, you could be charged with a Class F felony punishable by 10 to 41 months of incarceration in prison.
Due to the potential of a felony charge and the many nuances it entails, you need to consider an experienced Raleigh assault attorney to help build a vigorous, aggressive defense for your assault case.
What Constitutes Serious Injury?
Although the North Carolina definition of serious bodily injury, as described in statute § 14-32.4, contains multiple elements, it’s not always clear whether or not your assault charge also justifies the addition of “inflicting serious injury.” Some of the most significant pieces of evidence in these cases often include the presence of hospitalization, proof of pain, loss of wages due to injury, and permanent disfigurement.
According to North Carolina statute § 14-32.4, assault inflicting serious injury is defined as an assault that results in “bodily injury that creates a substantial risk of death, or that causes permanent disfigurement, coma, a permanent or protracted condition that causes extreme pain, or permanent or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ, that results in prolonged hospitalization.”
Call Dewey P. Brinkley For a Comprehensive Assault Defense
If you’ve been charged with assault inflicting serious injury, you’ll need a prominent and competent assault attorney to give your case a strong voice. At Dewey Brinkley law, we’ll use extensive resources to diligently investigate the circumstances surrounding the assault with the goal of achieving a not-guilty charge or dropped charges. If the evidence is stacked against you, however, we’ll employ industry-leading negotiation tactics to acquire a reduced or alternative sentence.
For a free consultation with Raleigh’s leading criminal lawyer, call Dewey P. Brinkley at 919-832-0307.