4 Types of Domestic Violence Crimes and Their Potential Punishments
Assault crimes are serious offenses that can result in severe charges, fines, and jail time. Such charges can permanently alter your life. The various types of assault crimes in the context of domestic violence carry with them varying punishments and fines. A few types of domestic violence assault crimes and their potential punishments are detailed below.
- Assault: Assault that occurs within the context of domestic violence is distinct from other types of assault. It is defined as the intent or attempt to use physical violence against another person. In this case, the victim does not need to be injured or even touched for assault to happen, as long as the intent is there. An example of this type of assault would be swinging a punch but missing. Domestic assault is a crime that is punishable by up to 2.5 years in a correctional institute and up to a $1,000 fine.
- Assault by means of a dangerous weapon: Assault by means of a dangerous weapon is the attempt or intent to hurt another person with a dangerous weapon, such as a gun or knife. Simply threatening another person with these items, even if no physical contact or injury occurs, constitutes assault by means of a dangerous weapon. Domestic assault by means of a dangerous weapon is punishable by up to 2.5 years in a House of Correction or five years in a state prison and up to a $1,000 fine.
- Assault and battery: Assault and battery is the deliberate touching of another person in a way that is likely to cause bodily harm or that occurs without the victim’s consent. The victim does not need to sustain an injury for assault and battery to occur, as long as physical contact is established. Domestic assault and battery is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 2.5 years in a correctional institute and a $1,000 fine.
- Assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon: Assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon is the same as assault and battery but with the use of a dangerous weapon. Domestic assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon is punishable by up to 10 years in a state prison or 2.5 years in a House of Correction and a $5,000 fine.
If you or a loved one has been charged with any form of domestic violence or assault, a skilled criminal defense attorney is your best option to get your charges dropped and get your life back on track. Attorney James Powderly has years of experience saving our clients from hefty fines and prison time, and we can do the same for you. If you have any questions or want to set up an appointment with one of our qualified domestic violence defense attorneys, please contact us at (508) 343-0676 today.