Now that states are starting to open up after being on lockdown due to the coronavirus, violence is starting to pick up. More people are out and about and this means that criminal activity is on the rise. Law enforcement officials are out in full force trying to keep the public safe. Assault is one crime that is on the rise in Maryland.
Ocean City is seeing its fair share of assaults lately. One such incident on the boardwalk involved five men. All were arrested for first-degree assault, second degree assault and reckless endangerment.
Two assaults occurred on the evening of June 9. One occurred on 11th Street, while the other happened on 15th Street. It is believed that the same group of men was involved in both incidents. One of the incidents involved a stabbing. A knife was found after the arrest of one of the men. The incidents are still under investigation.
Five men were arrested for the assaults. All are being held without bond in Worcester County Jail. They include:
In the past, an incident where a person was accused of hitting, punching, kicking or touching someone offensively would be classified as assault and battery. Under Maryland’s current laws, however,there is no law defining battery. All crimes involving offensive physical contact are charged under assault.
However, there are two types of assault. One involves offensive physical contact, while the other involves serious physical injury. Both of these are felonies. Second-degree assault involves offensive physical contact, which may include hitting, pushing or even spitting or coughing on someone. When law enforcement officers, firefighters or parole officers are involved in an assault, the person can be charged with second-degree assault.
First-degree assault, on the other hand, involves serious injury. This means causing damage to an organ or causing an impairment or disfigurement. First-degree assault typically involves a weapon, but that is not a requirement.
In either case, threatening to harm someone is also considered assault. If you walk around with a gun and threaten to shoot someone, that is considered first-degree assault, even if you never pull the trigger. Therefore, it’s important to be aware of your actions because assault is taken seriously in Maryland.
The men arrested for these assaults are facing first-degree charges. This means they can spend as many as 25 years in prison without a solid defense. That’s a long time to be behind bars.
Don’t let this happen to you. Seek legal help right away. The Columbia assault attorneys at the Law Offices of Todd K. Mohink, P.A. will work hard to defend your case. We have two offices to serve you and our team is available 24/7 to assist you. Schedule a free consultation today. Contact us by calling our office at (410) 774-5987 or filling out the online form.
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