Criminal defense attorney Chris Connelly has over 25 years of criminal defense experience and personally manges each client's case. In that time, he has defended many clients against assault charges, often getting charges dismissed or reduced before trial. He understands how to present a case in the best way to the prosecutor and the judge. If you are facing assault charges, you need to talk to a lawyer with the right experience to protect your rights.
(Note that we may associate an attorney in another firm to assist with some cases. We also, of course, employ capable support staff who handle various administrative aspects of cases.)
If you were charged with assault, do not discuss the situation with anyone but your lawyer. Contact our Charlotte office to arrange a consultation with attorney Chris Connelly.
Assault charges often result from a misunderstanding. Consider the following examples:
- A fan leaving a Carolina Panthers game pushes his way to the street-and is arrested being intoxicated and disruptive or assault/affray.
- A patron in a bar fight elbows someone approaching from the rear-and is charged with assault on a police officer or resisting arrest.
- A marital argument escalates until domestic assault charges (like assault on a female) are filed.
- The "loser" in a fight at a NASCAR race at Lowes Motor Speedway files charges against the "winner".
- A person trying to break up a fight may appear to be a participant and then be charged.
- A confused suspect may be improperly charged with resisting arrest.
- A person strikes another in self defense.
At the Law Office of Christopher A. Connelly in Charlotte, we provide powerful representation to clients charged with assault and violent crimes, including:
- Resisting arrest, resisting, obstructing or delaying an officer, assault on a police officer (or assault on a law enforcement officer)
- Domestic assault (like assault on a female)
- Communicating threats
- Sexual assault
- Harassing telephone calls
- Child abuse
- Assault with a deadly weapon
For more information on related topics, please see the following:
- Pre-Charge Representation
- Domestic Violence Defense
- 50-B Protective Order
- Motion for Appropriate Relief
- Violent Offenses
- Sexual Assault
Effective December 1, 2011, the law of self defense appears to have expanded to the benefit of the prospective crime victim. It has always been established that deadly force could be used to prevent forcible entry into one's home, the new law (colloquially known as the "Castle Doctrine") extends this to the motor vehicle and workplace. Of the greatest significance, the new law creates a presumption of lawfulness in that a lawful occupant of these designated places can be assumed to have feared imminent death or serious bodily harm. (There are several exceptions to this new provision.) This should shift the burden to the State to show that they did not have that fear, rather than force the defendant to prove their fear.
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Call 704-376-9376 or e-mail our Charlotte office to schedule a consultation about assault charges and possible defense strategies.
The Law Office of Christopher A. Connelly
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Criminal Defense Attorney
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