Based on the level of the offense and the damage that occurs, an assault crime can be classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony. The state of Missouri charges this offense as first, second, or third degree assault.
The following classifications are used for the conviction of an assault crime:
- Third degree: Considered a misdemeanor and can occur when an individual causes physical injury to someone, is negligent with a deadly weapon, or purposely threatens someone
- Second degree: Considered a felony and can occur when an individual tries to kill someone, knowingly injures someone with a deadly weapon, or injures someone while drunk driving
- First degree: Considered a felony and can occur when an individual knowingly attempts to kill someone or knowingly injures someone very seriously
- Punishments for an assault crime can include time in prison, a heavy fine, or both. The judge will consider the severity of the crime before assigning a sentence.
If you are facing an assault conviction, it is important to work with an attorney you can trust. Attorney Labovitz's success as a St. Louis criminal defense attorney will inspire the confidence you need.