Assault and battery are serious crimes under Virginia law, and defendants arrested for assault and battery may face felony charges and significant criminal penalties, including jail time, based on the specific conduct and the alleged victim targeted. There are numerous defenses applicable to defendants charged with assault and battery, and a defendant may be able to win a reduced sentence or avoid criminal penalties altogether if properly presented to prosecutors and the court presiding over the criminal matter. If you are under investigation for assault and battery, it is important to work with an experienced Virginia criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to ensure you do not incriminate yourself and that your rights are protected. The experienced, skilled criminal defense attorneys at Kurylo Gold & Josey are here to provide you with aggressive criminal defense to protect your rights and put your best case forward for innocence or reduced penalties.
Defining Assault and Battery in Virginia
While assault and assault and battery are often spoken of interchangeably, they refer to two different basic crimes under Virginia law:
When Assault and Battery Becomes a Felony
Although simple assault and assault and battery can be treated as misdemeanors, a defendant can face felony charges based on the type of victim allegedly targeted, such as:
Defenses in Your Assault and Battery Charge
There are a number of defense that are applicable to assault and assault and battery charges which can be presented to defend your innocence and/or reduce your penalties, including:
As your attorney, we will work with you to investigate and assert all possible defenses and explore all potential avenues for reducing, minimizing, or dismissing your charges.
Experienced Virginia Criminal Defense Attorneys On Your Side
If you have been arrested for or are under investigation for assault, battery, or any other crime of violence in Virginia, the criminal defense attorneys at Kurylo Gold & Josey, PLC in Fredericksburg, Virginia, are here to help. We will fully investigate all potential defenses and do whatever it takes to protect your reputation and your future. Contact us today to schedule a consultation regarding your situation.
Matt Kurylo began his legal career as a legal services specialist in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1998, then as an attorney in Fredericksburg in 2007. He is the founding partner of Kurylo Gold & Josey. In addition to providing assistance to clients, Matt serves as the firm’s managing partner.
Emily Gold focuses on matters of criminal and traffic defense, as well as family law, including divorce and child issues such as custody and visitation. She grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and attended the University of Virginia and George Mason University School of Law.
Sara is a native of Kentucky but grew up primarily in Raleigh, North Carolina. After graduating in three years summa cum laude, Sara attended Campbell Law School, in North Carolina. Sara practices primarily family law and estate planning matters.