Can assault unintentional?
Although assault laws vary from state to state, in most cases if you intentionally (rather than accidentally) shoved the victim, you can be convicted of assault, whether you intended to injure the victim or not.
Can I press charges on a minor for assault?
A juvenile can be charged with simple assault for injuring another person, threatening to or attempting to injure another person or even making another person afraid. In this day and age, fights, threats, and roughhousing that were once considered a part of growing up can lead to serious criminal charges.
What age can you be charged with assault?
Children under 12 cannot be charged for any crime, and people 18 and older are considered adults and will go to adult court. The justice system is fully aware that a minor is not mature, which is why they must appear at Youth Court if they are arrested and charged.
What happens when charged with common assault?
Common assault carries a maximum penalty of six months in prison and/or a fine. A person charged with a first offence is likely to receive a fine rather than a custodial sentence.
Can a 12 year old get a felony?
A minor, someone charged with committing a crime when under age 18, begins his or her case in juvenile court. If the minor is charged with committing a felony when age 15 through 17, his or her case may or must be transferred to adult court (the regular criminal docket in Superior Court) depending on the charge.
Is it better to plead guilty or not guilty?
If a criminal defendant decides to plead guilty, he or she may not have as much time to wait for sentencing. Therefore, pleading guilty could wind up causing a criminal defendant to lose a potential plea bargain that would offer better terms than a simple guilty plea.
Why do most domestic violence cases get dismissed?
If a prosecutor discovers that the accuser has a history of falsely alleging domestic violence, they may feel that a jury will not believe them during a trial — since a defense attorney will likely bring up that history. This may lead to the charges being dismissed.