Assault, Battery and Other Violent Crimes

“Battery” is an intentional touching of another person (or of something closely connected to that person) that is harmful or offensive to that person. “Simple assault” is an act that leads a person to reasonably believe that he or she is about to be battered, in the immediate future. In addition, an attempted (in other words nearly completed) battery is also an assault.

Michigan law specifies several categories of assaults, depending on the circumstances of the assault and on the severity of the harm suffered by the victim. A “simple” assault and battery is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 93 days in jail and fines up to $500. The use of a weapon in an assault or battery would raise the charges to the level of felony, punishable by up to four years in prison, as well as heavy fines.

The penalties increase significantly for assault with intent to maim, assault with intent to cause great bodily harm, assault with intent to rob and steal, as well as for assaults against family members, dating partners, or members of one’s household. The most serious assault charges-- assault with intent to commit murder and assault with intent to rob and steal and involving the use of a weapon--are punishable by life imprisonment.

If you are facing any type of assault charge in Michigan, you should consult an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Depending on the circumstances of your case, an effective attorney may be able to get the charges against you reduced or dismissed, or seek a reduced sentence. You will need an advocate who thoroughly knows the law, fights for your constitutional rights, and effectively presents any defenses you might be able to raise. We have fought and won assault, battery, and other violent crimes across Michigan. At the Leydorf Law Firm, we pride ourselves on being honest with our clients, responding promptly to their inquiries and concerns, and vigorously defending their interests.

Contact Lansing criminal defense attorney Nicholas Leydorf at any time by calling (517) 388-6800 or emailing