Battery Attorneys in Clinton Township, Michigan

Working with a Macomb County Criminal Defense Attorney

When a person is accused of intentionally making physical contact with someone else in a harmful manner, the accused individual can be charged with battery (which is a violent crime) under Michigan law. Examples of actions that may be considered battery offenses include slapping, punching, kicking and choking. Battery charges often go hand-in-hand with charges for assault, or the offense of attempting this type of harmful physical contact against another individual. People can receive the same penalties for combined offenses of assault and battery as they do for just assault. Assault and battery offenses at the most basic level are misdemeanors, though there are situations in which they can be charged as felonies.

If you are accused of a battery offense, you could be facing jail or prison time, along with other possible penalties. My name is J.T. Bowden, and I am a Macomb County criminal defense attorney who fights to protect the freedom of individuals who have been accused of all types of criminal offenses, including battery. I understand that not every person who is accused of a crime is actually guilty or deserving of a conviction. If you are facing these types of charges, my criminal defense law firm may be able to help you safeguard your future!

Possible Penalties for Battery Convictions

The types of penalties you are at risk of receiving depend on various factors, including what the alleged intent of the crime was, whether a weapon was involved, whether the offense was being carried out as part of another crime and whether anyone was injured from the offense. Here is an overview of some of the different kinds of penalties:

Basic assault and battery

Up to 93 days of imprisonment and/or fine of up to $500

Assault and battery causing serious or aggravated injury (without the intention of causing such injury)

Up to 1 year of imprisonment and/or fine of up to $1,000

Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (without the intention of causing such injury)

Up to 4 years of imprisonment and/or fine of up to $2,000

Assault and battery with intent to cause great bodily harm

Up to 10 years of imprisonment and/or fine of up to $5,000

Assault and battery by strangulation or suffocation

Up to 10 years of imprisonment and/or fine of up to $5,000

Assault and battery with intent to commit burglary, robbery or another felony

Up to 10 years of imprisonment and/or fine of up to $5,000

Assault and battery with intent to commit murder

Possible life prison term, or imprisonment for any number of years

Need an Attorney for a Battery Case in Macomb County?

There are various defenses that may be used in battery cases, such as self-defense, a lack of actual physical content, lack of proof that the offense occurred, etc. In some cases, individuals are able to reduce their charges by showing that certain elements of the crime were not present, such as the use of a weapon or the intention of inflicting injury. Contact my firm so I can help you determine the best approach for challenging your accusers!