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Assault/Violent Crimes

Being charged with assault means that you are charged with a violent crime against another person.

An assault is defined when a person does any of the following:

  • Any act which is intended to cause pain or injury to, or which is intended to result in physical contact which will be insulting or offensive to another, coupled with the apparent ability to execute the act.
  • Any act which is intended to place another in fear of immediate physical contact which will be painful, injurious, insulting, or offensive, coupled with the apparent ability to execute the act.
  • Intentionally points any firearm toward another, or displays in a threatening manner any dangerous weapon toward another.

The State must prove that you committed an assault beyond a reasonable doubt. The possible penalties for assault vary from a simple misdemeanor to a class C felony.

  • For a Simple Assault the State would have to prove you committed an assault as laid out above. If convicted, a person could face up to 30 days in jail and a $625 fine.
  • For an Assault Causing Bodily Injury, the State would have to prove you committed an assault which caused bodily injury or mental illness. If convicted, a person could face up to 1 year in jail and a $1875 fine.
  • For an Assault with Intent to Inflict Serious Injury, the State would have to prove you committed an assault and had the intent to inflict serious Injury. If convicted, a person could face up to 2 years in prison and a $6250 fine.
  • For an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, the State would have to prove you committed an assault with a Dangerous Weapon (such as a gun). If convicted, a person could face up to 2 years in prison and a $6250 fine.
  • For Assault Causing Serious Injury, the State would have to prove you committed an assault and that you actually caused serious bodily injury. If convicted, a person could face up to 5 years in prison and up to a $7500 fine.
  • For Willful Injury Causing Bodily Injury, the State would have to prove you committed an assault with the intent to inflict serious injury and actually causing bodily injury. If convicted, a person could face up to 5 years in prison and up to a $7500 fine.
  • For Willful Injury Causing Serious Injury, the State would have to prove you committed an assault with the intent to inflict serious injury causing serious injury. If convicted, a person could face up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Willful Injury Causing Serious Injury is a forcible felony which means that the Court is required to order a prison sentence and cannot order a deferred judgment or probation.
    Above is a list of the most common assaults that happen in the State of Iowa. There are several other ways to charge assault.

Consult an assault lawyer today to learn more about what you have been charged with. The attorneys at Johnson and Bonzer, PLC will discuss your case as well as your options. We offer a free initial consultation. One of the most effective ways to challenge witness statements is to conduct depositions to develop inconsistencies in witness testimony. We will also scrutinize the investigation and ask the court to throw out evidence if it was obtained in violation of your rights.

Assaults are crimes that are often fought through a thorough investigation of the facts. For example, who are the witnesses and how did they become involved. Do they have a motive to be biased? Were they intoxicated during the incident? Are they protecting themselves?

The attorneys at Johnson and Bonzer, PLC will work get the best outcome in your case. We will explore the defense of self-defense and other defenses available to you under Iowa law. Contact an Iowa Assault defense lawyer at 515-955-2193 or toll free 855-955-2193. We have locations in Fort Dodge and Marshalltown to serve our clients.