Mathis, Bates & Klinghard PLLC
A Family Law Firm - Clarkville, TN
Call Today For A Free Consultation 931-444-3153
click here to call now 931-444-3153

A More Progressive Approach to Legal Representation

What can lead to assault charges in Tennessee?

Facing allegations of criminal acts in Tennessee can be worrisome. There are a litany of accusations and incidents that can lead to criminal charges. One with a variety of different categories is when there are assault charges. Understanding how one can be charged with assault, the various levels of charges and their penalties is imperative when planning a defense.

Under state law, an assault occurs when: a person causes bodily injury to another and does so in an intentional, knowing or reckless manner; a person causes another to fear imminent bodily injury and does so in an intentional, knowing or reckless manner; a person initiates physical contact that a reasonable person would view as provocative or offensive and does so in an intentional, knowing or reckless manner. An assault charge will be a Class A misdemeanor except in cases in which it is committed by an incarcerated inmate against a correction officer, jailer, guard or any other employee of the institution. If this is the case and it is done during the correction officer's or a health care provider's duty, there can be a fine of up to $5,000 if there is a conviction.

If there is a relationship between the alleged perpetrator and the victim and it falls under the laws against domestic assault, there can be a fine of up to $200. This is contingent on the defendant's ability to pay. When the allegations are assault against a health care provider, that provider must be licensed, certified or authorized to provide health care as part of his or her job.

Since assault can be such a profound negative on a person's record and can, depending on the circumstances, lead to large fines and other penalties, it is important that the person who is charged have a grasp of what he or she is up against and formulates a strong defense. Discussing the matter with an attorney who is experienced in criminal defense is the key to preparing to defend against assault charges.

Source:, "39-13-101. Assault.," accessed on Jan. 17, 2017

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
email us nowemail us now

Contact Us For A Free Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Mathis, Bates & Klinghard PLLC
412 Franklin Street
Clarksville, TN 37040

Phone: 931-444-3153
Fax: 931-278-6642
Clarksville Law Office Map

Review Us