Are you facing 1st or 2nd Degree Assault Charges?
In Maryland, a prosecutor or police can bring assault charges against a defendant.
Surprising to many, the alleged victim of an assault can take out a warrant against an alleged perpetrator based on the alleged victim’s complaint alone.
In either situation, you need representation by an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer. Your freedom and your future are at stake.
The Law Offices of Allan H. Rombro aggressively defends clients accused of all types of violent crimes, including:
- 1st Degree Assault
- 2nd Degree Assault
- Simple Assault
- Domestic violence
- Aggravated crimes
- Weapons charges
- Sexual assault
We are experienced, knowledgeable and determined to defend our clients’ rights and freedom.
A Careful Examination of the Facts
Under Maryland law, there are 2 types of assault charges with widely ranging penalties. A charge of 1st degree assault is punishable by up to 25 years in prison, while a 2nd degree charge carries a possible sentence of 10 years. Lesser charges carry lesser potential penalties.
1st degree assault is a very serious charge. It suggests that the alleged victim was either seriously injured or the threat of serious injury was evident. If someone was hospitalized, this usually results in 1st degree assault charges. If the alleged victim gave a statement to police that suggests that there was a weapon brandished or that choking occurred, for example, this will often lead to a 1st degree assault charge. In Maryland, a 1st degree assault charge can even come close to the seriousness of an attempted murder charge depending on the allegations. Maryland prosecutors pursue these 1st degree assault cases aggressively and almost always seek long prison sentences.
Unfortunately, even though 1st degree assault charges are supposed to be reserved for extreme cases which cause serious life threatening injury or where someone was pointing a gun, all too often, Maryland police ‘overcharge’ people by pursuing 1st degree assault charges even when the facts don’t support this.
2nd degree assault charges range wildly in the nature of the allegations from being pushed against a wall to being smacked, arm twisted, or even just having a phone grabbed out of someone’s hand or throwing an object across the room in the alleged victim’s direction. Often both parties had been drinking and began an argument that got out of hand. So often, what began as a simple argument, often after a few drinks, ends with someone in a jail cell.
Whether the charge is 1st or 2nd degree assault, it will be treated very seriously in every Maryland courtroom.
When facing these charges, it is essential to have an experienced focused assault lawyer on the case as quickly as possible. An experienced skillful assault lawyer can negotiate with the State and often have 1st degree assault charges reduced to 2nd degree assault charges when the facts support it.
In preparing your defense, our firm will first obtain all evidence in the possession of the prosecutor as well as our own evidence to include witnesses, security camera footage, etc We will review your version of events and compare it with what the prosecutor used as the basis for the charge. It is surprising how different and contradictory these two sides can be. Sometimes the prosecution’s main witness has fatal flaws that can undermine his or her credibility on the stand. Sometimes other facts can cast doubt on the prosecutor’s theory of the event.
Allan Rombro will investigate every detail related to the event in order to develop a sound effective defense strategy. He has over 30 years of experience and successfully defended thousands of assault cases in Maryland.
The Law Offices of Allan Rombro will carefully review all relevant facts of the case with the aim of:
- Developing a successful defense of the charge itself
- Obtaining a reduction to a lesser charge
- Investigate every detail of the State’s case
- Interview all witnesses including the alleged victim when possible
- Skillfully try your assault case before a judge or jury if pretrial resolution cannot occur
Allan H. Rombro understands the law regarding violent crimes. Whenever possible, he will seek to lower the charge through negotiation. He will then work to build a strong and persuasive case designed to obtain the best outcome possible.
For a no-fee initial consultation with the criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of Allan H. Rombro, call 410-580-9500 or send us an e-mail. We serve clients in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, Harford County, and all counties in Maryland, including Ocean City and the entire Eastern Shore.
ABOUT ALLAN ROMBRO
5550 Newbury Street, Suite A
Baltimore, Maryland 21209