Sioux Falls Assault Lawyers
Building the Strongest Possible Defense for Your Case
The crime of assault arises from behavior defined as causing or attempting to cause an injury or causing another to be in fear of bodily harm. While most simple assault charges are misdemeanors, the crime can be elevated to a felony in certain situations. When you need experienced assault attorneys in Sioux Falls, contact Ver Beek Law for an honest, knowledgeable, and dedicated team of defense lawyers.
Call (605) 250-2227 to learn how our assault lawyers can help defend you against criminal charges.
South Dakota classifies simple assault as a class 1 misdemeanor for first and second offenses. A conviction may result in up to 1 year in jail and $2,000 in fines. If a person has two prior convictions for simple assault, the third or subsequent convictions will be treated as felonies.
Actions charged as simple assault in South Dakota include:
- attempting to cause bodily injury;
- intentionally or recklessly causing injury;
- negligently causing injury with a dangerous weapon; and/or
- threatening or menacing someone causing fear of imminent harm.
In order to prove their case, the prosecution must demonstrate the elements of the crime of simple assault were present. There are three elements to simple assault, including an intent to threaten or frighten the person, reasonable apprehension in the victim, and harm. Our Sioux Falls assault lawyers represent clients facing assault charges, including simple and aggravated assault.
Aggravated assault is defined as an action that:
- causes or attempts to cause serious injury;
- causes injury with the use of a dangerous weapon; and/or
- puts another in fear of serious physical injury.
Aggravated assault is a class 3 felony in South Dakota. A conviction carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison and a $15,000 fine. In addition, the convicted will have a felony record, which could damage their personal and professional reputation, make it difficult to find employment, housing, pursue higher education, and hold professional licenses in certain fields.
A Team Approach to Legal Representation
Our Sioux Falls assault attorneys will explore possible defense strategies and select the best strategy for your situation. We have the knowledge and resources needed to develop a strong defense for our clients. You can rest assured that we will fight to protect your rights and act in your best interests throughout the entire legal process.