Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer in Maryland | CR 3-203(c)(1)
When facing criminal charges such as assault on a law enforcement officer, the stakes are high. It's a situation that demands serious legal attention. At FrizWoods, we specialize in providing robust defense strategies for our clients entangled in such complex legal matters in Maryland. Our team is seasoned in navigating the legal intricacies of assault cases, particularly those involving law enforcement officers.
Understanding the Law about LEO Assaults
In Maryland, assault on a law enforcement officer is treated with a high degree of severity. Maryland's second degree assault law is normally a misdemeanor charge; however, Maryland law creates a special version of assault on a law enforcement officer that is a felony. According to Maryland law:
- Assault on Law Enforcement Officers: Intentionally causing physical injury to a law enforcement officer, parole or probation agent, firefighter, emergency medical technician, or other first responders engaged in performing their duties, is considered a felony version of assault in the second degree.
Conviction may result in up to 10 years in prison, a fine up to $5,000, or both.
How does the State prove this type of assault?
To convict someone for assault on a law enforcement officer, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that:
- The defendant intentionally caused physical injury,
- The injured individual was a law enforcement officer or other defined personnel engaged in official duties,
- The defendant knew or had reason to know the victim's status,
- The defendant knew or had reason to know the victim was performing official duties.
What is a physical injury under this law?
According to Maryland law "Physical injury" means any impairment of physical condition excluding minor injuries. Practically this means that the law enforcement officer needs to sustain an actual injury, scrapes and bumps aren't going to prove this type of assault.
Why Hiring a Professional Matters
Facing charges for assault on a law enforcement officer is a grave matter. It's not just about the legal penalties, but the long-term repercussions on your personal and professional life. This is where our expertise in criminal defense becomes your bulwark against a system geared to prosecute.
- Experienced Representation: Our seasoned attorneys are adept at unraveling assault cases, dissecting the evidence, and challenging the prosecution's narrative.
- Individualized Attention: We understand that every case is unique. We delve into the specifics of your situation, tailoring a defense strategy that seeks the best possible outcome.
- Protecting Your Rights: From ensuring your rights weren't infringed upon during the arrest to challenging evidence and eyewitness testimonies, we leave no stone unturned.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the possible defenses against charges of assault on a law enforcement officer?
- There are several defenses our assault lawyers may employ, including self-defense, lack of intent, or mistaken identity.
How does having a lawyer help in dealing with such charges?
- A lawyer can help in negotiating plea deals, seeking to reduce charges or penalties, and ensuring your rights are protected throughout the legal process.
Why is assault on a law enformcent officer a felony?
Although second degree assault in Maryland is normally a misdemeanor, assault on a law enforcement officer has been classified as a felony. At the time this law was created the general assembly decided it should be a felony.
How many versions of felony assault are there?
There are two versions of felony assault in Maryland:
- First Degree Assault
- Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer
What is the difference between Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer and Resisting Arrest?
Assault on a law enforcement officer is requires a showing of a "physical injury"; whereas, resisting arrest requires no showing of an injury.
In addition, resisting arrest is a misdemeanor; however, assault on a law enforcement officer is a felony.
Speak with a lawyer today!
If you or your loved one is facing charges for assault on a law enforcement officer in Maryland, now is the time to act. Reach out to our dedicated criminal defense attorneys for a free consultation. Your future is too important; let FrizWoods Law fight for you.