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Published on 10/17/2023, 2:31:00 PM

Defending Against Assault Charges in Maryland: A Comprehensive Guide

Facing assault charges in Maryland can be a daunting experience. The legal complexities and the high stakes involved necessitate having a seasoned criminal defense attorney by your side.

FrizWoods LLC prides itself on providing tailor-made defense strategies to navigate these turbulent waters. This guide aims to elucidate the various aspects of assault charges in Maryland and how a proficient attorney can be your beacon of hope.

Understanding Assault Charges

In Maryland, assault charges are categorized into first degree assault and second degree assault. The distinctions between them and the accompanying legal ramifications are critical to comprehend.

First Degree Assault

First-degree assault is a felony in Maryland. It involves causing or attempting to cause serious physical injury to another person, or an assault involving strangulation or a firearm.

Second Degree Assault

On the other hand, second-degree assault encompasses actions like intentionally frightening another person with the threat of immediate offensive physical contact or physical harm, attempted battery, or causing offensive physical contact.

Intent to Frighten

Assault with the intent to frighten is characterized by the deliberate act of instilling fear of immediate offensive physical contact or physical harm. To be convicted, the prosecution must prove:

  1. The defendant acted with the intent to incite fear,
  2. The defendant appeared capable of causing offensive physical contact or harm at the time,
  3. The victim reasonably feared immediate offensive physical contact or physical harm,
  4. The actions of the defendant were not legally justified.

Attempted Battery

Attempted battery denotes an attempt to cause offensive physical contact or physical harm. The prosecution must establish:

  1. The defendant attempted to cause immediate offensive physical contact or physical harm,
  2. The defendant intended to cause offensive physical contact or physical harm,
  3. The actions were not consented to by the victim or legally justified.


Battery is causing offensive physical contact or physical harm due to an intentional or reckless act, which was neither accidental nor consented to by the victim. The terms of conviction include:

  1. Offensive physical contact or physical harm was caused by the defendant,
  2. The contact resulted from an intentional or reckless act,
  3. The contact was not consented to or legally justified.

Legal Framework

Maryland law has well-defined statutes and jury instructions regarding assault charges. The prosecution must prove the defendant's intent, ability to cause harm, and the victim's reasonable fear or actual harm.

Defending Against Assault Charges

The cornerstone of a robust defense strategy is a thorough understanding of the law and meticulous preparation. At FrizWoods LLC, our attorneys excel in dissecting the prosecution's case and identifying potential loopholes.

Claim of Self-Defense

Claiming self-defense is a common strategy. It necessitates proving that your actions were a reasonable response to an immediate threat.

Scenario 1: Self-Defense Claim

John, a Maryland resident, faces assault charges after a confrontation at a local bar. The prosecution alleges John initiated an unprovoked attack. However, evidence, including security footage and eyewitness testimony, suggests he acted in self-defense. Our attorneys meticulously analyze the evidence, assert a self-defense claim, and work diligently to have the charges dismissed.

Lack of Intent

Proving that there was no intention to cause harm can also be a formidable defense. It's the prosecution's duty to prove intent beyond a reasonable doubt.

Scenario 2: Lack of Intent

Mary is accused of assault with intent to frighten after an altercation with a neighbor. The neighbor claims that Mary stormed away and purposefully made gun cocking noises. Our legal team explores communication records and eyewitness accounts to prove the lack of intent to frighten, showing that Mary actually remained at the scene and even offered the neighbor an apology, challenging the prosecution's narrative and seeking an acquittal of the charges.


If two parties agree to an altercation that is also a battery, then perhaps consent might be your best defense.

Scenario 3: Consent Was Given

In a heated soccer match, Mike is accused of battery following a physical tussle with an opponent in the parking lot. The defense argues that the contact was consented to by all parties involved as the "alleged victim" challengedMike. By presenting a well-prepared defense, the charges against Mike might be dismissed.

The FrizWoods Advantage

Choosing the right legal representation is paramount. At FrizWoods LLC, we bring a blend of experience, dedication, and personalized service.

Proven Track Record

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Expertise in Criminal Defense Law

Specializing in criminal defense law, we have the acumen to devise effective defense strategies.

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Every case is unique, and we treat it as such. From the outset, we work closely with our clients to understand every facet of their case.


Assault charges in Maryland are serious, and the legal journey can be intricate and stressful. However, with the right legal partner, you can face these charges head-on and work towards a favorable outcome. At FrizWoods LLC, we are dedicated to providing the best possible defense for our clients. Contact us today to discuss your case and explore your legal options.