Last week, Comedian Katt Williams was charged with allegedly assaulting a man who was hired to drive him to a performance in Portland. According to the Port of Portland police, Williams was charged with assault in the 4th degree, which is a class A misdemeanor. Based upon Oregon law, the maximum penalty for this charge is a sentence of one year in jail.
So let’s consider the possible result if Williams was charged under similar circumstances in North Carolina. Under North Carolina law, a simple assault is a class 2 misdemeanor. As a result, the maximum punishment is 60 days in jail, although a probationary sentence would also be a possibility depending on the defendant’s prior criminal record.
A charge of simple assault is a serious North Carolina criminal charge with significant penalties and consequences and a lot of issues that must be analyzed and considered. Therefore, if you are charged with simple assault or some other some other assault charge such as assault on a female or assault with a deadly weapon in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, North Carolina or one of the surrounding counties, you need an experienced Winston-Salem criminal defense attorney to handle your case. An experienced Winston-Salem criminal defense lawyer, with experience in North Carolina criminal law, will guide you through this process to make sure that all of your rights are being protected and that all of your possible defenses, if any, are being asserted. Please call us at (336) 725-6559 and schedule a free consultation with a Winston-Salem criminal defense attorney to assist you. Our office is located for your convenience in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina.