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Law Offices of
Philip Epstein

Bowie Office Park
14300 Gallant Fox Lane
Suite 103
Bowie, Maryland 20715

Telephone: 301-390-6600
Fax: 301-464-7357


The term "assault" is commonly used in criminal law to refer to either (1) an attempt to strike or hit another person or (2) the actual striking of another person without consent. Merely placing your hands on the body of another person without consent is sufficient to constitute this offense.

Maryland law separates the crime of assault into two categories: (1) assault in the first degree, and (2) assault in the second degree. A person is guilty of assault in the first degree if he or she intentionally causes or intends to cause seriously physical injury to another. Serious physical injury means an injury that creates a substantial risk of death or causes permanent or protracted serious (1) disfigurement (2) loss of the function of any bodily member or organ or(3) impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ. A person is also guilty of assault in the first degree is he or she commits an assault with a firearm, including a handgun, rifle, or shotgun. A conviction of this offense is considered a felony and carries a penalty of imprisonment not to exceed 25 years. A person is guilty of assault in the second degree if he or she commits an assault. This is a less serious offense than assault in the first degree. It is considered a misdemeanor and carries a maximum penalty of a $2500 fine, 10 years imprisonment, or both.

Assault charges are very serious and you should seek the assistance of an experienced attorney to represent you. I have had many years of experience, both as a prosecutor and as a defense attorney, handling assault cases and will work to provide the best possible defense on your behalf.

I welcome the opportunity to talk with you and to discuss how I may be of service.

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