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We believe that quality legal representation is vital when it comes to assault charges. Our office works hard to ensure that our clients receive the best possible outcome for their situations. Andrew C. Beasley, PLLC, will work hard to ensure that client rights are protected, and their interests are always at the forefront throughout the legal process.

Andrew C. Beasley has extensive experience as a prosecutor and defense attorney, thoroughly understanding the process involved in handling assault cases. Experience from the other side of the courtroom means we can provide you with quality, experienced legal representation that ensures your rights are protected throughout this difficult time. If you are concerned about being convicted of an assault charge, call Andrew C. Beasley today or fill out our contact form to schedule an initial consultation at no cost! We will review your case for free and discuss how we can best help you.

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Your case will be handled by an experienced professional working hard to defend you and your constitutional rights. This process can be overwhelming, but our team will help you understand all that is happening in your case, so you can make informed decisions about how best to proceed.

Aggravated assault generally includes more violence than general assault. According to Tennessee Code § 39-13-102, aggravated assault involves intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly committing assault (as described above) that results in serious bodily injury or death or involves the use or display of a deadly weapon or the use of strangulation or attempted strangulation.

Assault FAQs

What Is An Assault Charge In Tennessee?

In Tennessee, assault charges can be broken down into two categories: simple assault and aggravated assault. The state of Tennessee defines simple assault as any time a person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily harm to another person or knowingly or deliberately puts another person in fear of bodily injury. Assault also includes intentionally or knowingly engaging in physical contact with another person that could be considered offensive or provocative (Tennessee Code § 39-13-101).

Aggravated assault generally includes more violence than general assault. According to Tennessee Code § 39-13-102, aggravated assault involves intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly committing assault (as described above) that results in serious bodily injury or death or involves the use or display of a deadly weapon or the use of strangulation or attempted strangulation.

What Constitutes Assault?

You can be accused of assault whether or not a physical action was taken. A simple verbal threat of physical violence can sometimes be enough for a conviction. In Tennessee, a simple assault is committed when a person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes injury or damage to another individual.  The four classifications for assault are verbal, simple, aggravated, and sexual. Our priority as a criminal assault lawyer is to build you a formidable case that can help you find a favorable resolution to your charges. 

Assault cases can include:

  • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE - Acts of violence against a spouse or domestic partner can be considered assault or aggravated assault.
  • VERBAL THREATS - If you make verbal threats or threats via social media, you may be charged with assault for causing the other individual to fear for their safety.
  • VEHICULAR ASSAULT OR HOMICIDE - If you operate a vehicle in a manner that either intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly endangers or causes bodily injury or death to someone else, you can be charged with vehicular assault or vehicular homicide.
  • SEXUAL ASSAULT - Sexual assault can include many forms of non-consensual sexual conduct, from sexual battery to rape.
  • ASSAULT WITH A WEAPON - Assault with a firearm or other weapon, whether used or not, immediately elevates the assault charges to aggravated assault charges.
Is Assault A Felony In Tennessee?

While general assault is typically considered a misdemeanor, any form of aggravated assault is considered a felony in Tennessee:

  • Intentional Aggravated Assault - Is considered a Class C felony and is punishable by 3-15 years in prison.
  • Reckless Aggravated Assault - Is considered a Class D felony and is punishable by 2-12 years in prison.

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