Being charged with a crime based on an allegation of assaultive behavior can come in many shapes and sizes. The most common people often think about, because it’s so often played out on television shows and in movies, is when a stranger assaults another stranger. However, the reality is that most assaults are between people who know each other – often between siblings, spouses, friends, or even co-workers.
It should come as little surprise that these situations often occur when alcohol is involved. As a result, there can often be a tremendous amount of factual nuance to each case, even those cases which don’t involve alcohol. By factual nuance, I’m referring to the often differing witness accounts which will frequently make up the crux of both the defense and prosecution case.
There are four potential assault charges and each is different.