Criminal laws are confusing, and some change from state to state, such as from Mississippi to Virginia, for instance. Two laws that are similar but are not the same include aggravated assault and simple assault. If you face a conviction of either or are a victim of either, it is important to understand the differences between the two.
An aggravated assault involves injury to another person in a way that is to the extreme, without a value for human life. A weapon or other device causes injuries in a way that causes serious harm or even death. Punishments include:
- Fines up to $5,000
- Up to 30 years of jail
- Both options
Simple assault causes a basic injury not intended for death. A weapon or device could still be present during a simple assault. Fear tactics while threatening assault are also a type of simple assault, however. Punishments for the lesser crime in Mississippi include:
- Fines up to $1,000
- Up to five years of jail
- Both in some combination
While on the subject of assault, it is important to consider domestic violence. When considering this criminal law, domestic violence is a form of assault against a family member or other member of a household. The more counts of domestic violence that occur, the more punishment an individual receives.
If you have a charge for some form of assault, it is important to understand the laws under which you have been charged. Know your rights and contact a lawyer who can provide the criminal defense you need for a fair trial. Understanding the differences in the laws above helps you to understand your trial and the process better.