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Understanding Alabama’s Assault & Domestic Violence Laws

While it is a horrible thing to be accused of any crime, being convicted of committing assault or domestic violence is one of the worst experiences that could happen to a person. Because this charge is viewed as such a serious offense, you will need powerful Birmingham assault lawyers. Trust Burrell & McCants, LLC to offer you the legal protection you need.

What is Misdemeanor Assault in Alabama?

In the state of Alabama, assault is defined as when a person intentionally or recklessly causes physical injury to someone else. Misdemeanor assault is charged as assault in the third degree in Alabama. Even though it is less serious than felony assault, it is important to contact an experienced assault attorney from Burrell & McCants, LLC to fight for you.

What Counts as Domestic Violence in Alabama

According to the laws of the state of Alabama, “domestic violence” refers to the offense where one person has faced threats, harassment, stalking, extremely reckless endangerment, menacing, or actual abuse from another person. For the crime to be considered a domestic one, the supposed perpetrator must possess some form of intimate or family relationship.

Types of Family Relationships

According to the Alabama Code §13A-6-139.1, examples of relationships which would fall under domestic violence include:

  • Parents
  • Current or past spouses or romantic partners
  • Current or past sexual relationships
  • A person with whom you share a child
  • Siblings, grandparents, uncles, aunts, and other close relatives
  • A current or former member of the household

Even if you do not have a personal relationship with the claimant that seems to fit with these categories, it is important to talk to our lawyers immediately to begin establishing your case.

What are the Penalties for Assault?

According to the laws of Alabama, those who commit one of these offenses are liable to face extreme consequences. Along with potentially having to undergo incarceration in prison or jail and having to pay outlandish fines and fees, you will be forever impacted by a marked criminal record. This will affect every aspect of your professional career and your personal life. You could even lose the right to have custody or visitation of your children or may be banned from your personal freedom to protect yourself with firearms.

The Dangers of an Assault Charge

Legal definitions state that assault occurs when another person intentionally tries to cause physical harm to someone else. The major problem with this is that the apparent victim does need to be injured in order to make assault charges. If you can be proved as having merely threatened an assault, or of having supposed “intentions” of hurting someone, you can still be convicted. The penalties of being charged with assault do not just include jail time and costly fines, but could affect your ability to get a mortgage, find a new career, or even receive a loan from the bank.

A Powerful Defense

When you are being trapped in an extreme situation such as being accused of committing domestic violence or assault, there is no time to waste. Our determined team at Burrell & McCants, LLC are ready to fight for you, showing that you acted in self-defense, or that your accuser made up the entire story.

Call us today at (205) 547-3042 or contact us online to ask any questions from our devoted Birmingham assault and domestic violence lawyers.

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