The State of Utah defines assault as the attempt to cause bodily injury, with unlawful force or violence, to cause or create a substantial risk of bodily injury to another. Assault is also an act, committed with unlawful force or violence, that causes serious bodily injury to another or creates a substantial risk of bodily injury to another.
Acts of assault that cause serious injuries to another, committed with a dangerous weapon, by prisoners, or second and subsequent assaults against law enforcement officers and military personnel are classified as felony assaults. Felony assaults carry harsher penalties than misdemeanor assault charges.
If you were arrested for assault or aggravated assault, then you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney in Utah to help you fight the charges at every stage of the case.
Attorney for Assault in Salt Lake City, UT
The criminal defense lawyers of Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP have nearly two decades of experience representing clients facing criminal charges in Salt Lake City, Utah and surrounding areas. Our attorneys can help you understand how to best deal with the charges against you and can draft up a plan of action to reach a positive resolution of your case.
It is always best to speak with a criminal defense lawyer before speaking with anyone else about an assault charge. Our lawyers are very informed on Utah’s Assault laws and will investigate all the details of your case.
Contact Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP at (801) 532-5297 today.
Utah Assault Information Center
- Assault Penalties in Utah
- Aggravated Assault in Salt Lake City, UT
- Assault against Health Care Provider / Emergency Medical Service Worker
- Assault against Peace Officer or a Military Service Member in Uniform
Penalties for assault may include costly fines and incarceration, or both. In Utah, assault is classified as a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year of incarceration and up to $2,500 in fines.
Charges can be enhanced to a Class A misdemeanor if the person also causes serious bodily injury to the victim or if the victim is pregnant and has knowledge of such pregnancy at the time of the offense.
- an attempt, with unlawful force or violence, to do bodily injury to another;
- a threat, accompanied by a show of immediate force or violence, to do bodily injury to another; or
- an act, committed with unlawful force or violence, that causes bodily injury to another or creates a substantial risk of bodily injury to another.
Under Utah Code Ann. § 76-5-103(1), aggravated assault is classified as an offense against the person. Under Utah's criminal code, a person is guilty of committing aggravated assault if he or she commits assault as defined in Section 76-5-102 and uses:
- a dangerous weapon as defined in Section 76-1-601; or
- other means or force likely to cause death or serious bodily injury.
Violations of this criminal offense are charged as third-degree felonies unless the aggravated assault resulted in serious bodily injury, which is considered a second-degree felony offense.
Under Utah Code §76-5-102.7, it is unlawful for a person to assault a certified emergency medical service worker or health care provider. Offenses under this section are classified as Class A misdemeanor’s if:
- the person was aware that the victim was a health care provider or emergency medical service worker; and
- during the assault, the health care provider or emergency medical service worker was performing emergency or lifesaving duties within the scope of his or her authority.
Under Utah Code § 76-5-102.4, it is unlawful to assault a peace officer or military service member in uniform. Offenses under this section are classified as Class A misdemeanors unless the person has previously been convicted of this violation, in which case the offense carries 3rd-degree felony penalties. A person is guilty of committing this crime if he or she:
- assault a peace officer with knowledge that the individual is a peace officer when the peace officer is acting within the scope of his or her duties as a peace officer; or
- assault a military service member in uniform when the service member is acting within the scope of his or her duties and authority as a military service member in uniform.
The court may suspend the following sentence if it finds that the interests of justice would best be served in another matter. Otherwise, sentencing for this criminal offense may include:
- 90 consecutive days in jail for a second offense;
- 180 consecutive days in jail for each subsequent offense.
Finding a Lawyer for Assault Charges in Utah
If you are facing assault charges in Salt Lake City, Morgan, Layton, Park City, or surrounding area’s it is important to speak with the lawyers of Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP as soon as possible. Our lawyers take the time to investigate all details pertaining to your case in order to get you the best possible resolution.
Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP has five experienced criminal defense attorneys, with 100 years of combined experience representing those facing legal trouble. We realize the troubles defendants face when they are arrested and accused of committing a crime and are fully dedicated to protecting your rights. Our attorneys can also inform you of your protections under both federal and state laws.
Contact Brown, Bradshaw & Moffat, LLP at (801) 532-5297 today for an initial consultation.