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What’s a Battery Charge?

You may have been placed under arrest for assault and battery. Whether you were involved in a brawl while out drinking or the participant in an unexpected fight, facing assault and battery charges can be overwhelming. In Maryland, you may have committed assault and battery against another individual when you made unwanted physical contact, attempted to, or placed them in fear of being attacked. While this is a serious offense, you should know that our experienced criminal defense attorneys can advocate for the best possible legal resolution. 

What is Considered Assault and Battery? 

Assault and battery can be committed in a few different ways depending upon the jurisdiction in which it took place. If you’re being charged with assault in Maryland, you will have to defend yourself against a claim of unwanted physical contact that is harmful or offensive, placing another individual in fear of unwanted physical contact and/or attempting to attack an individual. 

Can I Defend Myself Against an Assault and Battery Charge? 

There are a few common defense routes you can take when charged with assault and battery. It’s essential to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney to understand your rights and the best defense course. In Maryland, common defense tactics include self-defense, defense of others, duress, lack of intent, coercion, and even mistake of fact. By contacting Albers & Associates to defend your assault and battery case, we can work with you to get the best possible legal resolution.

Is There a Difference Between First and Second Degree Assault?

Yes, there’s a clear legal distinction between first and second-degree assault. If you’re being charged with first-degree assault, this is the most severe form of an assault charge that you may face. Typically, first-degree assault involves serious bodily harm or the threat of severe physical harm. In some instances, you may be charged with first-degree assault if a firearm or weapon was involved in your case. This differs from second-degree assault, a misdemeanor that people may face who do not meet the requirements for first-degree assault. However, second-degree assault can still face harsh penalties, including ten years in prison. 


Albers & Associates is your experienced legal team. If your license has been suspended, you can depend on our expert legal counsel located in Carroll County, MD. We can diligently advocate on your behalf for the best possible legal outcome. Contact our legal team for a consultation today or give us a call at (443) 272-4312.