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Oakland County Assault & Battery Defense Attorney

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Assault charges are serious and the various laws surrounding these charges are complex. The types of assault and battery are broken down into categories based on the severity of the defendant’s intent. In the state of Michigan, different kinds of intent result in different charges and penalties. These complexities can make assault and battery charges seem overwhelming. If you have been accused of or charged with assault, it is important to have a strong defense attorney to help guide you through your case.

Call José R. Fanego, Attorney at Law at (248) 516-0988 to discuss the details of your case!

General vs. Specific Intent

The law recognizes a difference between general and specific intent, which affects how judges try cases involving assault. General intent requires the prosecution to prove only that the defendant meant to do something illegal. Specific intent requires the prosecution to prove that not only did the defendant mean to commit an illegal act, but they had a specific result in mind. This distinction is what separates a simple assault charge from an aggravated assault charge. Aggravated assault is assault with the intention to cause a specific kind of harm.

The following are types of aggravated assault:

  • Assault with intent to do great bodily harm is punishable by 10 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines.
  • Assault with intent to maim is punishable by 10 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines.
  • Assault with intent to commit murder is punishable by up to a lifetime in prison.

The factors that decide the severity of an assault case are numerous, and an attorney capable of a vigorous defense is indispensable to ensure your rights are protected.

Call on an Aggressive & Experienced Advocate

I am a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. I have handled many assault and battery cases in my almost three decades of experience as a defense attorney and believe strongly in the importance of handling cases myself. I have worked as a prosecutor in the past, granting me invaluable insight into the prosecutorial process.

If you are in the Oakland County area and have been accused of an assault crime, call José R. Fanego, Attorney at Law now at (248) 516-0988.

Why José R. Fanego, Attorney at Law?

  • Highly Responsive Attorney

    I am highly responsive to my client's communication and legal needs.

  • Dedicated Attention to Each Case

    My clients work directly me until the completion of the case.

  • 26 Years of Criminal Defense Experience

    My years of experience and knowledge allow me to properly navigate the system and successfully defend your case

  • Practicing Criminal Defense Law Exclusively

    By limiting my practice to criminal law, I am able to preserve the quality of my representation & remain well-versed in my field.

Stories From
Successful Cases

  • I had a 20 year dope case and he got me 2 years probation.

    “You could tell he knew I was a good person that didn't deserve to do time like that.”

    Former Client

  • Whenever someone I know needs a criminal defense attorney, I always give them José’s number.

    “José is ethical, talented, and a very skillful trial attorney. He has developed a strictly criminal practice using his talents in defense of those charged with breaking the law…I don’t know how he sleeps at night.”

    L. Brooks Patterson - Oakland County Executive and former Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney

  • Two trips to court later, and I ended up with a brief period of probation, no jail and no criminal record.

    “I now know it was not a coincidence that several different people gave me the same attorney name. He’s just that good.”

    Carl B.

  • José made a terrible situation a lot better. I recommend him to anybody who asks me for a criminal lawyer.

    “José went to work immediately, managing the case in such a way that the press lost interest and eventually stopped inquiring. Without the television spotlight on my case, I was able to be treated fairly instead of like a prisoner in the Roman coliseum.”

    Thomas G.

  • Truly one of the best.

    “Truly one of the best.”

    Hon. Barry L. Howard, Former Chief Judge of Oakland County Circuit Court