Federal Assault – From Bad To WorseCriminal Defense
Assault is a serious crime. When a person makes threats or actions toward another person that makes them feel as if they are in danger, it is assault. You do not have to strike someone to be found guilty of assault. The threat to harm them is enough. There are different degrees of assault and punishments depending on the severity of the crime. Sometimes who you assault and where you assaulted them will escalate the crime to a new and more severe level.
When an assault occurs on property or facilities owned, or under the authority of the United States Government, it is a Federal crime. Here are a few examples of Federal property:
- National parks
- Federal prisons
- United States ships
- Other properties owned by the government
Assault does not always become a Federal crime because of where it took place but also because of who was assaulted. An assault against a current or former Federal agent, Federal employee, or Federal officer while they are doing their job, or because of something they did while on the job becomes a Federal crime. It does not matter if the person did not know the victim was a Federal agent. Examples include assaults on:
- Postal workers handing out mail
- A judge because of his ruling
- A retired judge due to the outcome of a past trial
- Internal Revenue Agents doing an audit or questioning a citizen
As mentioned, assault does not need to involve striking or pushing a victim. However, some assault crimes can lead to injuries. If a victim is seriously injured while conducting their government job functions, or while on Federal property, the penalty is much harsher. In the case of a simple assault, the penalty is a fine and up to 6 months in jail. However, if the victim was under 16 years of age, the penalty is a fine and up to 10 years in prison. If a dangerous or deadly weapon was used in the assault, the prison time is as much as 20 years.
Serious injuries include:
- Long-term loss or impairment of a part of the body
- Extreme pain
- Risk of death
Whether you are involved in a simple assault or a Federal Assault charge, a criminal defense attorney with experience in this field of law is critical. There are so many forms of assault and such a wide variety of circumstances that can affect your case.A qualified defense attorney will advise you of your rights and what the best course of action is to reduce or eliminate the charges.
Federal assault charges should not be taken lightly. They are expensive, and they can ruin your life. Federal assault charges stay on your record and follow you wherever you go. Self-defense is the most common defense used against a federal assault charge. However, it is by far not the only defense that can be employed. If you are charged with a Federal Assault, contact an attorney today.