Frequently Asked Questions About Criminal Assault

The Law Office of Gayle J. Brown, in Anchorage, Alaska, has more than 20 years of experience in criminal defense. We protect the rights of those who have been charged with a crime. Below are some criminal assault FAQs.


How is “assault” different from “battery”?

Battery involves physically touching another person. If there are only verbal threats, then some states consider the crime assault. In many states, the distinction has been removed and either type of action may be charged as an assault.

What are possible defenses to an assault charge?

Possible defenses include self-defense, defending another person and lack of intent (it was an accident). Intoxication, practical joking and revenge are typically not viable defenses. Each case is different, so you should discuss your options with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

How do I prove a self-defense claim?

Self-defense is an admission that the defendant did the physical act associated with the charge of assault but was justified because of the threatening or aggressive conduct of the person allegedly assaulted.

In most cases, the core questions include:

  • Which party was the aggressor?
  • Was the defendant reasonable in believing that it was necessary to use force to avoid the danger?
  • If the belief was a reasonable one, was the force the defendant used reasonable?

What could happen to me if I am convicted of assault?

A conviction for assault could stay on your record for the rest of your life. You may be ordered to serve time in prison or jail, pay a monetary fine or both. You may be placed on probation for a substantial period of time. Some form of counseling or anger management training could be required. You may also lose your right to own or possess a firearm.

What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?

A felony is considered more serious than a misdemeanor. Felonies are usually punishable by more than a year in prison. Misdemeanors are usually punishable by less than a year of incarceration, a fine or another penalty. Some crimes may be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor.


Contact The Law Office Of Gayle J. Brown

If you have been charged with assault, an experienced criminal defense lawyer can provide tangible benefits to your defense. Call attorney Gayle J. Brown at 1-866-930-0338 at the firm in Anchorage, Alaska. You can also set up an initial consultation by contacting the firm online.