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Did your happy hour end up in an assault charge?

At the end of a long day, we all want to relax and unwind. If you can do it with friends while having a few drinks, trading stories and sharing laughs, then it’s even better.

Unfortunately, there are times when things go too far or someone says the wrong thing. The next thing you know, you and your buddy are arguing in the parking lot.

Understanding assault charges

What started as a fun evening with friends and colleagues can take a drastic turn, potentially ending in an assault charge.

In Alaska, assault is intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing physical injury to someone else, placing them in fear of physical injury or causing injury with a weapon through negligence. Because there is such a wide range of circumstances and severity, assault charges are classified into four different degrees:

1. The least severe form is fourth-degree assault, which is generally considered a misdemeanor. It includes causing fear of injury, minor physical harm or recklessness, resulting in harm. Penalties may include jail time and a fine.

2. Third-degree assault is a felony charge that may result from causing injury with a weapon or recklessly endangering several others. A conviction can result in up to five years in prison.

3. If you cause serious physical injury to someone or use a weapon, you may find yourself facing a second-degree assault charge. This is also a felony and can lead to up to ten years in prison.

4. First-degree assault is the most severe, which involves circumstances that result in serious physical injury and a reckless disregard for the safety of others. The penalty for such a felony can result in up to twenty years in prison.

Given the various levels of assault convictions and the complexities of Alaska’s judicial system, it is critical to work with someone who can help you understand the charges and explore strong defense strategies. Depending on the specifics of your case, you may be able to have the charges reduced or possibly even dismissed.