At Corbett Gwilliam, PLLC, we have experience protecting the rights of those accused of committing assault and aggravated assault in justice court, district court, and juvenile court.
Our attorneys have the ability to objectively analyze a case and advise their clients as to the best course of action. Whether the best option is to accept a plea deal or to take your case to trial, our defense lawyers will protect your rights and give you sound legal advice so that you can make the best decision possible.
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There are three categories of conduct that qualify as assaults under Utah law: (1) attempting to cause bodily injury with unlawful force or violence, (2) making a threat accompanied by a show of immediate force or violence, and (3) committing an act with unlawful force or violence that causes bodily injury or creates a substantial risk of bodily injury. Given these vague descriptions, there are many ways to commit an assault in Utah.
Punishment for assaults in Utah is tiered based on the severity of an assailant’s conduct, the status of the assault victim, and the severity of a victim’s injuries, if any. If an assailant commits an assault against a nonpregnant victim without using a dangerous weapon and without causing lasting injuries, the assailant is only guilty of a Class B misdemeanor. But if the victim of this assault is pregnant or suffers substantial bodily injury, the assailant is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
The next tier of punishment for assault begins when the assailant uses a dangerous weapon or force or means likely to cause death or serious bodily injury. These types of assault are called aggravated assaults and are punishable as third-degree felonies. If the victim of an aggravated assault suffers serious bodily injury, the assailant is guilty of a second-degree felony.
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