You are out with some co-workers at an establishment and trying to relax after a stressful eight-hour day. However, something has been gnawing at you. Perhaps it is the frustrations of your job. Or that loudmouth in the corner is getting to you.

With either scenario, you reach a breaking point. Items are flung, punches are thrown and now you face a criminal charge of aggravated assault. This is a serious charge that can lead to dramatic consequences. Your job may be in jeopardy, and you also face incarceration, probation, fines, restitution and a potential civil lawsuit.

Diversionary programs, pleading to lesser charge

An assault charge can be elevated, too, depending on the outcome and injuries to the other person. A manslaughter charge is possible if the victim dies. Maybe they suffered internal bleeding or struck their head on the ground after falling.

If you face a criminal assault charge, here are some strategies to consider:

  • Enroll in a diversionary program that may require you to attend therapy, counseling and staying off of alcohol or drugs. You are making an effort to change things in your life.
  • Pursuing a self-defense strategy in your case. Was the incident the result of you having to defend yourself? This is a legitimate defense.
  • Pleading to a reduced charge. With the guidance of a skilled criminal defense attorney, this is a potential result.

You want to put this incident behind you. At the same time, you hope for the best outcome possible. A criminal charge can disrupt your life and have long-term ramifications. This is why it is important to seek the advice of a legal ally.