A dispute that turns physical can lead to assault charges in Oregon. Unfortunately, when police are called following an altercation, they may not arrest the right person. Even if you were only defending yourself, you may still be charged with assault if the other side has more discernible injuries.
I am defense attorney Andy Green. If you have been charged with assault, you are probably embarrassed and would like to make the charge go away as soon as possible. However, you should never plead guilty to any criminal charges without discussing your case with an experienced attorney. An assault conviction can affect you for the rest of your life, making it harder to find a job, obtain a loan or even rent an apartment. I offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
In Oregon, assault can be charged as a felony based on the seriousness of the injuries and whether a weapon was used. In the case of domestic violence, assault may be charged as a felony if a child was present. You can also be charged with felony assault if you injure someone in a car accident in which you are accused of driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII or DUI) or reckless driving.
Are There Defenses to Assault Charges?
Self-defense or defense of others is a defense against assault charges. Unfortunately, the police are usually not interested in who started a fight. Once they have made an arrest, the state will usually move forward with charges if it believes it has enough evidence for a conviction. It usually takes a lawyer’s help to investigate the circumstances of the altercation and determine if you were defending yourself or someone else.
You should not rely on information you read about assault charges on the Internet, as it may be wrong, outdated, or not apply to your situation. It’s always best to discuss your case with an experienced Portland defense lawyer. For a free initial consultation, call or contact me online.