Assault Charges


Practice Area: Assaults

Assault Attorneys in Raleigh NC

Raymond Tarlton and Brad Polk at Front Desk

Raymond Tarlton and Brad Polk at Front Desk

If you are facing a violent crime or assault charge, you will need proactive and comprehensive legal representation to prepare the best possible defense. Brad & Raymond’s experience as prosecutors give them a distinctive perspective and understanding of the judicial system. They understand the importance of listening to your side of the story and investigating the circumstances of the incident and arrest. Violent crimes can be charged as both misdemeanors and felonies. A violent crime conviction can have serious consequences for your record, and may even preclude future employment opportunities.

Violent Crime Charges in North Carolina Include:

* Assault Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury – This crime occurs when a defendant commits an assault on another resulting in serious bodily injury. Serious bodily injury refers to bodily injury that causes serious permanent disfigurement, coma, permanent severe pain, impairment of the function of a bodily member or organ, prolonged hospitalization, or a substantial risk of death.

* Assault with a Deadly Weapon – A person is guilty of this offense if he or she commits an assault on another with a deadly weapon. Whether a weapon is considered deadly depends on its nature and size, how it is used, and the strength of the defendant compared to the victim. Examples of deadly weapons include the following: pistols; knives; cars; fire; firebombs; dogs; rocks; box cutters; broken glass bottles; and belts with a metal buckle. In addition, a defendant’s hands and feet are considered deadly weapons in extreme cases.

* Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury – A person is guilty of this offense if he or she commits an assault on another with a deadly weapon and inflicts serious injury on the victim.

* Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill – A person is guilty of this crime if he or she commits an assault on another with a deadly weapon and with the intent to kill the victim. Intent to kill the victim can be inferred from the circumstances of the assault. For instance, intent to kill may be found by the mere use of a deadly weapon, the nature in which the assault was carried out, or by looking at the extent of the injury.

* Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Bodily Injury – A person is guilty of this crime if he or she commits an assault on another with a deadly weapon, with the intent to kill the person, and inflicts serious injury on the victim.

* 1st Degree Kidnapping – This crime occurs when a defendant confines, restrains, or removes, from one place to another, a person, without the person’s’ consent (or, if the person is under the age of 16, without the consent of the person’s parent or guardian) for one of the following purposes: holding the victim hostage; holding the victim for ransom; using the victim as a shield; facilitating the commission of a felony; facilitating flight following the commission of a felony; doing serious bodily harm to the victim or any other person; terrorizing the victim or any other person; holding the victim in involuntary servitude; trafficking another person; or subjecting or maintaining the victim for sexual servitude. To be guilty of this offense, the defendant must also fail to release the victim to a safe place, seriously injure the victim, or sexually assault the victim.

* 2nd Degree Kidnapping – This crime occurs when a defendant confines, restrains, or removes, from one place to another, a person, without the person’s consent (or, if the person is under the age of 16, without the consent of the person’s parent or guardian) for one of the following purposes: holding the victim hostage; holding the victim for ransom; using the victim as a shield; facilitating the commission of a felony; facilitating flight following the commission of a felony; doing serious bodily harm to the victim or any other person; terrorizing the victim or any other person; holding the victim in involuntary servitude; trafficking another person; or subjecting or maintaining the victim for sexual servitude.

* Armed Robbery – This crime occurs when a defendant commits or attempts to commit larceny from another person by the possession, use, or threatened use of a firearm or other dangerous weapon that endangers or threatens the life of the victim.

* Domestic Violence and Other Violent Crimes – If you have been charged with a violent crime, speak with us before making statements to a police officer. Such statements can be used as evidence against you. Call us today to discuss the best strategy for resolving your violent crimes charge.