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Aggravated Assault Charges In TN

An aggravated assault charge is a much more serious charge than a misdemeanor “simple assault” charge. Aggravated assault can be a Class C or Class D Felony. Which class of felony is determined by state of mind. It is punishable by approximately two to 15 years in prison, depending on the class of felony and multiple other sentencing factors. Normally, the judge has some discretion on the length of the sentence. The judge can also allow the defendant to serve any portion of the sentence on probation rather than in prison. You definitely need an assault lawyer for an aggravated assault charge. If convicted, you would be classified as a violent felon, which could cause irreparable harm to your future. With an excellent criminal attorneyyour odds of not being convicted go *WAY* up.

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TN Aggravated Assault Defined

To Be Convicted, the Government Must Prove (One or More):

A) If you committed assault on a person and:

  • It results in serious bodily injury; or (Felony Class C or Class D based on State of Mind)
  • Is committed with the use of a deadly weapon. (Felony Class C or Class D based on State of Mind)
  • Causing or attempting to cause injury by strangulation or attempted strangulation. (Felony Class C)
  • Committing an assault while under an order (i.e., Order of Protection), diversion, or probation agreement that prohibits such.
B) You are a parent or custodian of a child or adult and you knowingly or intentionally fail to protect the child or adult from aggravated assault or aggravated child abuse.
C) Committing an assault while under an order, diversion, or probation agreement that prohibits such.
D) You intentionally cause physical injury to a public employee or a transportation system employee while he or she is performing his/her job duties. (Class A Misdemeanor) (fines increase depending upon the type of public employee) Note: The deadly weapon ONLY needs to be displayed, it does not have to be used.

Aggravated Assault Felony Classes In TN

State of Mind:

  • Class C Felony: If the government proves that you acted intentionally, the assault offense is a Class C Felony.
  • Class D Felony: If the assault offense is committed recklessly, then it is a Class D Felony.

Sentencing:

  • Class C Felony: Punishable by three to 15 years.
  • Class D Felony: Punishable by two to 12 years.

Note: Sentencing guidelines will take your criminal history into account, among many other factors. Source: Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-102 | Web Search Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-102

Aggravated Assault Examples

To Be Convicted, the Government Must Prove (One or More):

A) If you committed assault on a person and:

  • Striking or threatening to strike a person with any weapon or object considered to be dangerous.
  • Shooting a person with a gun or threatening to kill someone with a gun.
  • Assaulting someone with an intent to commit other felonies, such as robbery or rape.
  • Assault resulting in serious physical injury of another person.
  • Assault (threat of violence) while concealing one’s identity.
  • Assault against a member of a protected class, such as a police officer, healthcare provider, social services worker, or developmentally disabled or elderly person.
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A Class A Misdemeanor domestic assault conviction in Tennessee is punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail in addition to fines; however, very few people receive the maximum jail sentence. In almost all cases, an anger management class will be required. The real consequences come after you've served your time, paid your fines, and taken your class. One of those is the mandatory loss of your right to possess a firearm for the rest of your life. Read the full list of those consequences here: collateral consequences of having a domestic violence conviction on your record.

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