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St. Charles Assault Attorney

Fighting for the Accused in St. Charles, St. Louis & Lincoln Counties, MO

Assault is a crime in Missouri that is covered under Title XXXVIII Chapter 565.056, 565.054, 565.052, and 565.050. These laws outline the state’s four degrees of assault and their penalties. They range from a possible sentence of one year in the county jail, up to 30 years in prison, with a mandatory 85% to be served, for First Degree Assault. While other states have separate laws for battery, Missouri includes the concept of battery in its assault laws. 

Any way you look at it, assault is considered a crime of aggression because of its violent actions or intent against others. The degree of assault you are charged with under the above laws will dictate the types of penalties you could be facing. To ensure you have the best chance of avoiding these penalties or minimizing them, it is recommended that you seek the representation of a proven criminal defense attorney. That is what you will find at James E. Carmichael, Attorney at Law. Mr. Carmichael brings 40+ years as a St. Charles assault attorney to your side with a reputation for impressive professional skill and dedication. 

Schedule a free initial consultation with our St. Charles assault lawyer by contacting the firm online or at (636) 442-0077 today. 


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UnderAssault Crimes in Missouri

The crime of assault is broken down by law in Missouri as follows:


This is defined as trying to kill another or knowingly causing or trying to cause a person serious physical injury. It is charged as a Class B felony carrying a prison sentence of five up to 15 years.


This has various definitions including the same one as first-degree assault when done in the heat of passion due to provocation. It also includes assault with a deadly weapon or reckless assault. It is charged as a Class D felony punishable by up to seven years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.


This involves knowingly causing physical harm to another. It is charged as a Class E felony punishable by up to four years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.


This also has various definitions and scenarios including trying to cause and recklessly causing physical pain to another or putting the person in fear of imminent harm, acting in a way as to put another at risk of death or injury, or making physical contact that would be considered offensive by the alleged victim. It may be charged as a Class A or Class C misdemeanor, depending on the circumstances. 

Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000. Class C misdemeanors are punishable by up to 15 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $750. 

Assault AGainst Special Victims

Missouri enhances penalties when an assault is committed against “special victims.” These are generally public servants while on public duty, such as police officers, firemen, emergency medical technicians, and other public workers as well as individuals who are disabled or elderly. 

Why You Need a St. Charles Assault Lawyer

A conviction for an assault will lead to criminal penalties depending on the circumstances of the incident. It will also leave you with a permanent criminal record that can result in disciplinary action or loss of your license by professional licensing agencies, deportation for noncitizens, and future employment difficulties. Attorney James Carmichael will work vigorously on your behalf for a case dismissal, reduced charge, or acquittal. 

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