Jackson Violent Crime Defense Lawyers

Violent crimes are aggressively prosecuted in Mississippi, and anyone accused of a violent offense should have strong legal representation. Even simple assault, which is generally a misdemeanor in Mississippi, can result in a jail sentence of up to six months and a fine of up to $500.

However, if simple assault is committed against a "special victim," as designated under Mississippi law, the offense becomes a felony punishable by a prison sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to $1,000. Special victims include law enforcement officers, social workers, emergency responders, pregnant women, teachers and elderly people with disabilities.

We Defend Against A Variety Of Violent Crime Charges

If you have been arrested for simple assault, aggravated assault, domestic violence or any other violent offense in the Jackson area, contact the criminal defense lawyers of Duncan | Kent PLLC as soon as possible. We can listen to your side of the story and create a defense strategy for any of the following charges:

  • Simple assault
  • Aggravated assault
  • Assault by threat
  • Assault on a law enforcement officer
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual battery
  • Kidnapping
  • Armed robbery
  • Manslaughter
  • Vehicular manslaughter
  • Murder

Physical Contact And Intent Not Necessary For An Assault Charge

Under Mississippi law, you can be charged with simple assault even if you did not make physical contact with the accuser. Threatening someone can lead to a simple assault charge. However, in order for the prosecution to secure a conviction on these grounds, it must be shown that the accuser was in fear of suffering serious injury.

Intent to hurt someone is also not necessary for a person to be charged with simple assault in Mississippi. For example, accidentally shooting someone while handling a firearm can lead to an assault charge.

If you are accused of assault in either one of these scenarios, we can develop an effective defense strategy for challenging the prosecution's claims.

Fights And Assault Charges

In many cases, assault charges arise from disagreements that got out of control. From a criminal defense perspective, these situations require thorough investigation in order to tell the full story.

If you are facing an assault charge after an altercation with someone, we can help you explore your legal options and seek a favorable outcome. In some cases, it is possible to show that the accused individual was acting in self-defense.

Call For A Free Consultation

To speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer, contact Duncan | Kent PLLC today. Email us or call toll free at 800-445-3564. We are located in Ridgeland, Mississippi, and we represent clients throughout Hinds, Madison and Rankin counties.