Why did I get charged with Felony Assault 3 when I punched a guy?

Assault (the act of causing physical injury to another person) has 4 different classifications. 

Assault 4 Defined

Assault 4 is the lowest classification and is an A Misdemeanor. This is an assault that occurs when a person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes physical injury to another; or, with criminal negligence causes physical injury to another by means of a deadly weapon. Assault 4 usually is a misdemeanor, unless specific factors (such as a child witness being present).

Assault 3 Defined

The next level of assault is Assault 3. Assault 3 has a number of different possible factors, but the one that would be relevant in this scenario is a person commits the crime of assault 3 if the person, while being aided by another person actually present, intentionally, or knowingly causes physical injury to another. In this instance, if you were to assault, or punch, a person while being helped by another person, you could be charged with Assault 3, which is a C Felony.

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I was charged with assault 3 and my son was found not guilty I was sent to prison is that legal
by Randy Bracken August 15, 2018 at 03:24 PM
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