Wyoming recognizes numerous types of assault charges, each with separate prerequisites and penalties for violation of statutes.
From simple assault to assault on peace officers on up to aggravated assault, the state believes in keeping all residents safe as evidenced in their stiff sentences.
At Cowboy Country Criminal Defense, we believe in a balanced judicial system where persons accused of crimes are afforded their day in court to face accusing parties.
Judicial imbalance occurs in cases, such as assaults, where persons are wrongly accused or otherwise charged without evidence supporting claims of battering an individual. We defend all cases with one desired result: dismissal of cases.
Assault Laws in Wyoming
Offenses against the person, which is how Wyoming statute introduces assault charges, are offenses one can be charged with if they’ve strangled, beaten, thrown or caused physical harm to someone in any way that violates their peace and injures them.
The following includes the charges that fall under the assault ‘umbrella’, what they mean, and what penalties one may face if found in violation of law.
As the name implies, basic assaults are attacks on people not familiar to the attacker with the intent to do physical harm. These charges carry a maximum jail term of six months, a $750 fine, or both.
Probation ordered by the judge may exceed the statutory maximum.
the battery carries identical penalties, with one exception: to be charged with battery, the simple assault must have been reckless or preplanned.
Unlawful touching, which is placing a body part upon another person in a rude, cruel or insolent manner that causes injury, is punishable for up to six months in jail and $750 fine.
Aggravated assault and battery
When battering an individual threatens their quality of life, does extreme physical damage with or without weaponry, or harms a woman carrying an unborn fetus, the crime gets more serious.
In fact, Wyoming classifies this crime as a felony punishable for up to ten years. Aggravated battery or assaults of this magnitude can stem from domestic violence incidents.
Charges of this magnitude stem from another’s attempt, whether successful or not, at putting another in danger of being battered.
So, if a defendant were to lead another individual into a situation they knew would get them battered, reckless endangering charges would be appropriate.
Imprisonment for this misdemeanor charge will not exceed one year.
Engaging in, or threatening to engage in, acts that detriment the peace and prosperity of Wyoming, its cities and municipalities, or the United States government are charged as terrorist threats, which can not only land someone in jail for three years but may bring lead to federal charges far more severe than state courts could impose.
Terroristic threats are charged as felonies.
Abuse, neglect or exploitation of a vulnerable adult
Abandonment, intimidation, abuse, neglect, or exploitation of an adult unable to fend for themselves, such as elderly or physically challenged persons, is punishable depending on the degree of assault performed.
- Exploitation, a felony, is punishable up to ten years with a fine not to exceed $10,000;
- Intentional abandonment, neglect, and abuse are felonies carrying sentences up to ten years in prison with a potential fine up to $10,000;
All the above charges are enhancements due to reckless behaviors; these are misdemeanors when recklessness or intentional behavior is absent, punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine up to $1,000.
Convictions for any charge above require registration with Wyoming’s Central Registry.
Defending Assault Charges
One element that’s vital to any defense team’s work is discounting the level of victim’s fear. The more fearful the victim can prove in open court, the stronger the state’s case becomes.
The team at Cowboy Country Criminal Defense defends assault charges with vigor, intelligence and the level of superiority that defendants deserve given the potential penalties they face.
Numerous defenses can be raised to protect the interests of clients, including:
- Questioning the state’s witnesses that alleged intimidation was taken out of context;
- Calling credible witnesses who verify the defendant’s reactions were justifiable given that they were attacked first;
- Actions were accidental, and lack motivation or proof of criminal intent;
- The defendant had no way of knowing an individual was classified as ‘vulnerable’;
- Defendant neither tried to conceal their identity nor tried to perform an action that made another person fearful;
- Victim initiated the confrontation, not the defendant;
- The defendant was not of sound mind during the incident, which may result from PTSD or other mental disorders; and
- Witnesses simply identified the wrong person in the alleged assault
These and other defenses help reduce or dismiss charges against those wrongly accused. It’s important that all facets of the assault are investigated from an attorney’s perspective as coerced statements are popular in law enforcement.
Your Future Hinges on How Assault Charges Are Fought
Clearly the sentencing guidelines above leave an unappetizing feeling in the minds of the accused.
Enhancements to these charges are possible, especially if repeat offenses in Wyoming and other states are discovered. In other words, you need every ounce of legal energy working toward an acquittal, or reduction in charges.
When defendants bring their cases to Cowboy Country Criminal Defense, it’s like discussing your future with close confidants.
Our office is a judgment-free zone where our only goal is fighting your assault case until either the jury acquits you, the prosecutor reduces or dismisses the charges, or the court finds not enough evidence exists to move forward. In other words, your future hinges on a successful defense of charges placed before you.
Gun ownership rights may be revoked, an unwelcome entry into the WCR is possible, and a future where advancing onto better opportunities could be in jeopardy – all from an assault charge that you’re unable to fight alone.
Our firm will never let you fight alone.
We are eager to assist you with your case.