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Tough South Dakota Defense Lawyer Takes on Allegations of Assault

Rapid City attorney protects clients’ fundamental rights in battery cases

You can be prosecuted for assault in South Dakota even if you’ve never hit somebody. You could face misdemeanor simple assault charges based on an alleged attempt to hurt someone as long as you have the ability to do so. With subjective standards such as these, it is crucial to find an experienced defense attorney if you are facing a simple or aggravated assault count. At the Law Office of Jamy Patterson, L.L.C. in Rapid City, I am an accomplished South Dakota lawyer who can take apart allegations arising from purported physical attacks. Having tried numerous cases for private clients and as a public defender, I know that police officers often fail to grasp the actual facts when making an arrest after a fight or similar incident. I will confront shaky witnesses and evidence to build the strongest possible defense for you.

Dedicated advocate assists individuals accused of illegal physical contact

In a free initial consultation, my criminal defense firm can outline the legal aspects of different types of allegations that relate to physical confrontations, such as:

  • Simple assault — This charge is brought when someone negligently or intentionally causes or tries to cause a bodily injury to someone else. A first offense for simple assault is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail. However, subsequent offenses can lead to felony counts.
  • Aggravated assault — When a serious injury occurs or a dangerous weapon is used, South Dakota law authorizes a felony aggravated assault charge. This can also result from an attack on a law enforcement officer even if the harm is not serious.
  • Battery — In most cases, battery is not singled out as a separate charge under state law, but the term is used in connection with crimes involving vehicles, infants and unborn children.

Depending on the circumstances, many possible defenses exist to defeat assault charges. Often, these cases stem from a fight or another encounter where the accused person was acting in self-defense. It is also acceptable to use physical force if you reasonably believe that force is necessary to stop a criminal action, such as theft.

Contact an aggressive South Dakota criminal defense attorney for a free initial consultation

The Law Office of Jamy Patterson, L.L.C. represents western South Dakota clients accused of assault and other offenses. Please call (605) 519-5862 or contact me online to schedule a free initial consultation at my Rapid City office.