Manchester Assault & Battery Attorney

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In New Hampshire, assault and battery charges refer to the same crime of "assault." Assault and battery are defined as intentionally or recklessly causing bodily injury to another person or making offensive or harmful physical contact with that person's consent.

If you are convicted of assault, you can expect serious repercussions. No matter what kind of assault charge you face, you will need to retain hard-hitting Manchester, NH defense lawyer. When you need a proven legal advocate in your corner, you can count on my experienced 23-year legal career. My firm knows how to protect clients both in and outside the courtroom and is ready to help you assess your defense options.


For more information about how I can help you, call George T. Campbell, Attorney at Law today at (603) 787-5364.


Types of Assault Charges

Misdemeanor Assault and Battery - "Simple Assault"

"Simple assault" is charged as a misdemeanor and is defined as one of the following according to NH Rev Stat § 631:2-a (2014):

  • Intentionally or recklessly causing bodily injury to another person
  • Intentionally making unwanted physical contact with another person
  • Negligently causing bodily injury to another person by using a deadly weapon

However, if the assault occurred during a fight that was entered into mutually by both parties, the crime is charged as a violation, which is an even lower sentence than a misdemeanor.

Felony Assault and Battery

Simple assault and/or battery is raised to the level of a felony when the injury caused is more serious, involved reckless or intentional use of a deadly weapon, or when the victim is a child.

According to NH Rev Stat § 631:2 (2014), second-degree assault (a Class B felony) is charged when it is believed the suspect:

  • Knowingly or recklessly caused a serious bodily injury to another person
  • Recklessly caused bodily injury to another person by using a deadly weapon
  • Intentionally caused bodily injury to a child younger than 13 years old

According to NH Rev Stat § 631:1 (2014), first-degree assault (a Class A felony) is charged when it is believed the accused:

  • Purposefully or knowingly caused serious bodily injury to another
  • Purposefully or knowingly caused serious bodily injury to another by using a deadly weapon
  • Intentionally caused serious bodily injury to a child younger than 13 years old

Penalties for Assault and Battery

Depending on which type of charge you face, you can expect the following penalties:

  • A Class A misdemeanor: This charge is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2000 fine.
  • A Class B felony: This charge is punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $4000 fine.
  • A Class A felony: This charge is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a $4000 fine.

If you are convicted of assault, you can also lose the right to carry or possess a firearm. When you face such serious charges that can gravely affect your future, you need to secure legal representation immediately with a Manchester assault and battery attorney.


To consult with me, don’t hesitate to contact George T. Campbell, Attorney at Law to request a case evaluation today.


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