Nampa Assault & Battery Lawyer

Criminal Defense for Assault & Battery Charges

Assault and battery are two separate offenses that are often associated with one another because they are somewhat similar. Assault may be generally defined as an attempt or threat of violence or harm, while battery is the act of violence or unwanted touching of another person. These crimes can be charged as misdemeanors or felonies in Idaho.

An aggressive defense is necessary in the face of assault or battery charges. At Gulstrom & Govia PC, we are committed to protecting our clients’ constitutional rights in order to afford them the greatest chance at avoiding a conviction and maximum penalties. We accomplish this with our 30+ years of experience, legal knowledge, and commitment to client service. When you work with a Nampa assault and battery attorney at our firm, you will have a true advocate for your rights and protector of your freedom.

Call our offices at (208) 502-5006 for a free consultation.

Burden of Proof in Battery Charges

When it comes to battery, the prosecuting attorney must prove – beyond a reasonable doubt – that you are guilty of at least one of the following:

  • You willfully and unlawfully used force against another person.
  • You intentionally and unlawfully touched another person against his or her will.
  • You intentionally and unlawfully caused harm to another person.

Aggravated battery charges may apply if the prosecution can prove one of the following:

  • You caused the victim great bodily harm, disfigurement, or permanent disability.
  • You used a deadly weapon.
  • You used a corrosive or caustic chemical.
  • You used poison or another noxious or destructive substance.
  • The victim was a peace officer or public servant.

Understanding Assault & Aggravated Assault Charges

Idaho Statute 18-902 outlines the crime of assault. The prosecuting attorney must prove all elements of an assault in order to seek a conviction for this offense:

  • You threatened or attempted to commit a violent act against another person.
  • You had the actual or apparent ability to carry out this threat.
  • The victim feared violence was imminent.

Aggravated assault charges may apply if the prosecution can prove one of the following:

  • You used a deadly weapon.
  • You threatened or attempted force likely to cause great bodily harm.
  • You used a corrosive or caustic chemical.
  • The victim was a peace officer or public servant.

When your future is on the line, call a Nampa assault and battery lawyer at Gulstrom & Govia PC at (208) 502-5006. We are ready to fight for you.

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