With Columbia MO being a college town, home to over 25,000 higher education students annually, there are many opportunities to have run-ins with the law. Assault is a common charge brought against Columbia, MO students because it's a kind of social interaction that is partially interpreted by the law on an individual basis.
Assault is committed when a person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly creates any of the following situations:
Causes physical injury to another person
Intentionally places another person in reasonable fear of being injured
Knowingly touching another person with the intent to injure, insult, or provoke such a person.
But, an assault is upgraded to a more serious offense called aggravated assault if the affected person plays a specified role in the community, such as a police officer. Normally aggravated assault is when a person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causing physical injury to another person, by using a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument in the course of assaulting another. But, the definition of aggravated assault also includes an assault on a peace officer, teacher, paramedic, firefighter or probation officer, even if there is no deadly weapon.
So, when there's a conflict between two students on Saturday night, the one waved the beer bottle is more likely to be charged with the more severe aggravated assault.
This is also why you never, ever, touch a police officer during a situation. Police officers are trained to control situations and being touched is never part of their plan to diffuse one.
Remember the part of the definition of assault that included placing the person in "reasonable fear of being injured?" Impressions can make a difference in court. If you are a male with a muscular build, you could more easily place somebody in reasonable fear of being injured than someone of slight build.
Whatever your legal challenge, we will listen to your concerns and answer your questions about likely outcomes and consequences. We deal with Columbia MO assault charges and handle other types of criminal defense. Contact Holder, Susan, Slusher today for a free consultation or case review. Contact our Bogdan Susan and Chris Slusher, our Columbia MO defense attorneys today for a free consultation.
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