Assault & Battery Attorney in Honolulu
The Difference Between Assault & Battery in Hawaii
Assault is considered threatening physically to harm another person while battery is physical touching another person without his or her consent. The difference lies with the assailant’s state of mind and the level of injury inflicted. Criminal states of mind are categorized from most culpable to least culpable. For example, first-degree assault requires an intentional or knowing state of mind and a serious injury, whereas third-degree assault can be merely reckless behavior that leads to minor injuries.
Hawaii has consolidated assault and battery into the following offenses:
- Assault in the first degree — Intentionally or knowingly causing serious bodily injury to another person
- Assault in the second degree — Intentionally or knowingly causing substantial bodily injury, recklessly causing serious or substantial bodily injury or intentionally or knowingly causing bodily with the use of a dangerous weapon
- Assault in the third degree — Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury or negligently causing bodily injury through the use of a dangerous weapon
- Strategies to defend against assault charges
- Defense of others
- Defense of property
Contact an Attorney With A Proven Track Record of Success
For years, Myles S. Breiner Attorney at Law has represented clients involved in violent crimes. Assault cases can range from serious offenses stemming from organized crime activity to minor acts such as kids fighting with each other. If you have been accused of a crime, count on us to provide a strong defense. At Myles S. Breiner Attorney at Law, we represent clients from all the Hawaiian Islands. Our office is conveniently located in Honolulu. We are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week and offer flexible payment plans.