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The Impact of an Assault Charge

Assault generally is a charge of intending to cause pain, offensive contact, or fear in another.

Implications of assault convictions may impact life, including professional, personal, and educational facets. Criminal defense representation can be instrumental in evaluating the charge, providing a defense, and guiding you through the legal system.

If you are looking for legal representation in Des Moines, please call Branstad & Olson at (515) 329-3100 or contact us online.

Legal Ramifications of an Assault Conviction

Iowa Code § 708.1 defines assault as intending to cause pain or injury to someone with apparent ability to do so. It encompasses intending to make physical contact with another person in a way they would find offensive or insulting. Additionally, placing a person in fear of immediate harm falls under this legal definition. The statute also includes acts like pointing a firearm or laser pointer at someone.

The severity of penalties for assault charges in Iowa varies depending on history, the seriousness of the injury, the use of a weapon, and other circumstances. Offenses can range from simple misdemeanors to class C felonies. In Iowa, Class C felonies have severe penalties, including imprisonment of up to 10 years and a fine of up to $13,660.

Understanding the specific charge and potential consequences emphasizes the need for a strategic defense to mitigate the impact of the charge.

Impact on Employment and Career

Ramifications of assault convictions may extend to employment and career prospects. Immediate consequences may involve missing work due to incarceration. Many workplaces have policies against specific criminal charges, which could hinder retaining or finding employment.

Before you reach any plea agreement, know the effect the conviction will have on keeping your current job or getting the job you want. Sometimes, deals can be made with employment in mind.

Personal Relationships

Schools and volunteering may be affected by some assault convictions. Some organizations will not allow participation for anyone with a “violent” conviction. Some may prohibit participation by anyone with a current no contact order or on probation (both possible consequences of an assault conviction). When addressing an assault charge, keep personal considerations in mind.

Potential Educational Repercussions

An assault conviction can impact education in multiple ways. It could lead to suspension or expulsion from educational institutions. Additionally, some colleges may view applicants with a criminal history unfavorably, affecting admission chances. Finally, dormitories, fraternities, and housing may be affected by assault charges.

Impact on Finances

Financial tolls of an assault conviction may include potential fines, court costs, legal fees, employment, and certain insurance premiums. Discuss financial consequences with your attorney.

Navigating the Legal Process

Ask your lawyer questions about all your concerns before and during the process of fighting an assault charge.

Talk to your attorney about proactive stances you can take to seek a favorable outcome.

Speak with a Lawyer About Your Case

The impact of assault charges, whether misdemeanor or felony, can be navigated with strategic and informed action.

Schedule a confidential consultation with Branstad & Olson in Des Moines by contacting us at (515) 329-3100.