Like most crimes, assault comes in various forms and carries various consequences. The most commonly thought of offenses are simple assault and aggravated assault. In addition, Tennessee recognizes sexual assault, domestic assault, and reckless endangerment.
Simple assault, or assault, is causing bodily injury to another, causing another to fear imminent bodily injury, or causing offensive contact. Several factors may occur which raise this otherwise simple assault to an aggravated assault.
Most commonly, an aggravated assault occurs when someone causes serious bodily injury to another or uses or displays a deadly weapon to cause someone to fear imminent bodily injury. Additional circumstances that may enhance the assault charge is if someone causes injury through strangulation or choking, assaults another in violation of a protection order or probation conditions, or the victim is a public employee.
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Reckless endangerment and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon are quite encompassing. All that need be shown is that someone engaged in conduct that might put another in danger of death or serious bodily injury.
The classification and sentencing ranges for the different types of assault are:
|Assault (offensive contact)||B Misdemeanor||1 day to 6 months; up to $1250|
|Assault||A Misdemeanor||1 day to 11 months 29 days; up to $2500|
|Reckless Endangerment||A Misdemeanor||1 day to 11 months 29 days; up to $2500|
|Reckless Endangerment-DW||E Felony||1-6 years; up to $3000|
|Aggravated Assault||C Felony||3-15 years; up to $10,000|
Defending against assault usually requires obtaining the necessary evidence to mount the defense. Finding out what evidence is needed should be the first thing done after an arrest is made.