If you have been charged with assault or battery, you are likely frightened about the prospect of facing prison time. You may not know where to turn or what to do. But under our criminal justice system, you are innocent until proven guilty, which is why you need and deserve an advocate who understands your circumstances and is committed to protecting your rights. At Michael J. Sgarlat Attorney at Law, I represent people in the Alexandria area and throughout Virginia who have been charged with assault or battery. I understand that these allegations often turn on law enforcement’s ignorance of what prompted the incident, so I wage a strong defense to challenge the prosecution’s case and preserve your freedom. I am a true advocate for your rights, committed to easing your burden when you face violent crime charges.
Generally, assault is a threat and battery is an unwanted touching, but no matter what the specific charge might be called, we’ll investigate closely to find evidence of self-defense, mistake or anything else that might defeat the charge against you. Actions such as hitting, kicking, punching or pushing are considered to be assaults. Many other actions, such as grabbing or spitting, can also lead to assault charges. I understand how easily a simple misunderstanding can lead to these allegations, so I am thoroughly prepared to assert your rights.
Assaults happen for a variety of reasons. Many assault or battery charges stem from simple fights. In these cases, I work to show that you were acting in self-defense and are not a violent criminal. Other assaults are gang-related or occur in conjunction with other crimes such as robbery. Assaults of a sexual nature are treated differently by the law. In all cases, I know what you stand to lose if convicted, so I present a strong defense to preserve your freedom.
Most states have a variety of assault charges such as aggravated assault or assault in the first degree. Depending on the facts of your case, the state may choose to charge you with a higher-level crime than is necessary. I will work to get your charges reduced through a variety of pretrial motions. And when the facts are against you, I will work tirelessly to secure the most lenient sentence possible under the circumstances. In every case, you can trust in my support and advocacy throughout your case.
If you’ve been charged with assault or battery, you need a strong and supportive defense from attorneys who put your best interests first. At Michael J. Sgarlat Attorney at Law, I am committed to providing the representation you deserve. Call me at 703-549-2000 or contact me online to schedule your consultation at my Alexandria office.