List of Felonies

Aggravated Assault

Aggravated Assault Defined
Aggravated assault is far more serious than ordinary assault and usually involves some form of threat through a weapon, usually a firearm. A threat may include the intent to use the weapon or the intent to murder, injure, maim, or rape another individual.

A threat pronounced using a stick qualifies as simple assault, but a threat pronounced using a knife or gun constitutes an aggravated assault threat. However if the individual holding the stick proclaims to rape or murder another, this could constitute aggravated assault. Some legal systems do not use the term "aggravated assault," but the charges and punishments for this type of threat are the same nationwide.

This kind of assault also includes firing a weapon at another from a moving vehicle and the intent to rob using a firearm.

Aggravated assault can be broken down even further into three categories: an attempt to cause serious bodily injury to another individual, such as kidnapping; an attempt to procure sexual activity with another individual under the age of fourteen; and an attempt that causes another individual bodily injury by using a deadly weapon, such as a knife, firearm, or harmful object.

Charging of Aggravated Assault
Nearly all states define assault as a felony and others define it as a misdemeanor. In Tennessee the charge of assault is considered a Class A Misdemeanor when a person intentionally causes bodily harm to another or intentionally cause imminent fear of bodily injury. When a person intentionally causes physical contact to another individual that is found very offensive, the charges is changed to a Class B Misdemeanor.

However aggravated assault is seen differently. When a person is intentionally seriously injured due to the use of a deadly weapon the crime is considered a Class C Felony in Tennessee. But when a person is injured due to the use of a deadly weapon under reckless circumstances, the crime is changed to a Class D Felony. With both criminal classifications, misdemeanors and felonies in the A Class carry more serious charges than those of the C Class. This can be the difference between thirty years in prison and five years in prison in the case of a felony charge.

Aggravated Assault Punishments
Aggravated assault is marked as a felony in all cases, no matter the state in which the crime was committed. All aggravated assault felonies are punishable by restitution, fines, prison time, and community service. Often a punishment will include more than one of these punishments, such as community service and a fine. Some prison sentences can be minimal and others can be lengthy, depending on the crime committed. Depending on the state, a prison sentence can be anywhere between one to twenty years, three to twenty years, or five to twenty years.

Because aggravated assault is a high felony, individuals under suspect are advised to consult a criminal defense attorney to discuss the matters at hand. An attorney in a particular state will be able to advise in which direction to follow and the possibilities at hand.