If you are charged with assault or battery, you may be facing prison time. You need an attorney who is determined and serious about fighting for you, one with the experience and knowledge to succeed. I defend individuals in Virginia and the District of Columbia with these and other violent crimes. I am a true advocate for your rights if you are charged with these or other violent crimes.

Knowledgeable counselor understands assault and battery

Generally, assault is the threat of violence, and battery is any violent or unwanted touching. These charges vary by state, and the names of the two crimes are often used interchangeably. In some states, they are not considered separate offenses. Actions such as hitting, kicking, punching or pushing are considered to be assaults. Many other actions such as grabbing or spitting can also lead to these charges. I fight all types of assault and battery charges on behalf of my clients.

Proven advocate handles a range of assault cases

Assaults occur for a variety of reasons. Many assault or battery charges stem from simple fights. In these cases, I will work to show that you were acting in self-defense and are not a violent criminal. Other assaults are gang-related or occur in conjunction with other crimes such as robbery. Assaults of a sexual nature are treated differently by the law. In all cases, I will present a strong defense in an attempt to preserve your freedom.

Dedicated defense lawyer works to reduce or dismiss assault charges

Most states have a variety of assault charges such as aggravated assault or assault in the first degree. Depending on the facts of your case, the state may choose to charge you with a higher-level crime than is necessary. I will work to get your charges reduced through a variety of pretrial motions.

There are statutes or local policies that afford certain defendants the opportunity to avoid a conviction or reduce the level of the offense, after the completion of probationary classes, community service , or what’s called in Virginia, an “accord and satisfaction” where before court, the victim is compensated for his or her injuries. I am familiar with all of the pre trial diversion options available to you and will explore them with you.

Contact a committed Virginia criminal defense attorney for assault or battery charges

If you’re charged with assault or battery, you need a strong defense. Call Dale Edwin Sanders, Esq. at 703-837-1650 or contact me online to schedule your Free consultation at my Virginia office.