Aggravated Assault ORC § 2903.12

Definition of Aggravated Assault:
  • Causing serious physical harm to another or their unborn child, or
  • Causing or attempting to cause physical harm to another or their unborn with the use of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordinance,
  • While under a sudden fit of passion or rage brought on by the victim.
Potential Penalties

Aggravated assault is generally a fourth-degree felony carrying a penalty of 6-18 months in prison and a fine of $5,000, but it can be a third-degree felony carrying a penalty of 1-5 years in prison with a fine of up to $10,000.

At Funkhouser Law, we know that everyone accused of aggravated assault has a presumption of innocence. As such, we work hard to accomplish the most favorable outcome for each of our clients. If you have been accused of aggravated assault, please call Funkhouser Law for a free consultation with an experienced, peer-rated lawyer.

Self Defense:

Self-defense in Ohio is a potential affirmative defense meaning that the burden of proof is on the victim/defendant, so it is important to have good legal representation. Self-defense is a legal defense in which a victim of an attack may use reasonable force to fend off an attack. This requires that the victim not have started the physical fight in the first place. Furthermore, in order to use deadly force to fend off an attack, the victim must be in fear for their life with no other way of escape.