Springfield Assault Lawyer

If you’re charged with assault, regardless of degree, you need an experienced attorney at your side. Being found guilty can have a negative impact on your life in many ways, including your ability to find a job.

The attorneys at MRD Lawyers have over 18 years of combined experience as prosecutors and over 35 years of combined legal experience. They understand all levels of assault charges — both misdemeanors and felonies — and can help you find the best possible outcome to your situation.

Assault is generally defined as intentionally trying to kill or harm someone. The type of charge made against you depends on whether the harm was intentional, accidental or reckless. Sentences for assault can vary greatly. It’s imperative you have an experienced legal team in your corner.


Many people know of the term “assault and battery,” however, in Missouri there is not a “battery” charge. Instead, an act of inflicting physical harm or unwanted physical contact (or the threat of which) is simply referred to as “assault” in Missouri. Assault in the fourth degree is the least ‘serious’ of the assault charges and is the only assault charge considered a misdemeanor.


According to MO Rev Statute, Title XXXVIII. Chapter 565.056, a person is guilty of assault in the fourth degree if:

(1) The person attempts to cause or recklessly causes physical injury, physical pain, or illness to another person;

(2) With criminal negligence the person causes physical injury to another person by means of a firearm;

(3) The person purposely places another person in apprehension of immediate physical injury;

(4) The person recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of death or serious physical injury to another person;

(5) The person knowingly causes or attempts to cause physical contact with a person with a disability, which a reasonable person, who does not have a disability, would consider offensive or provocative; or

(6) The person knowingly causes physical contact with another person knowing the other person will regard the contact as offensive or provocative.


In Missouri, Assault in the fourth degree is a Class A misdemeanor. Subsections 3 and 6 are a Class C misdemeanor unless the victim is a special victim (see section 14) in which case they too are considered Class A misdemeanors.  A conviction of a Class A misdemeanor carries a punishment of imprisonment for up to 1 year and/or fines of up to $2,000. Whereas a Class C misdemeanor includes imprisonment for up to 15 days and/or fines of up to $750.


According to the MO Rev Statute Title XXXVIII. Chapter 565.050 a person commits assault in the first degree if:

(1) He or she attempts to kill or knowingly causes or attempts to cause serious physical injury to another person.

(2) The offense of assault in the first degree is a class B felony unless in the course thereof the person inflicts serious physical injury on the victim, or if the victim of such assault is a special victim, as the term “special victim” is defined under section 565.002, in which case it is a class A felony.

A person commits the offense of assault in the second degree if he or she:

(1) Attempts to kill or knowingly causes or attempts to cause serious physical injury to another person under the influence of sudden passion arising out of adequate cause; or

(2) Attempts to cause or knowingly causes physical injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument; or

(3) Recklessly causes serious physical injury to another person; or

(4) Recklessly causes physical injury to another person by means of discharge of a firearm.

  1. The defendant shall have the burden of injecting the issue of influence of sudden passion arising from adequate cause under subdivision (1) of subsection 1 of this section.
  2. The offense of assault in the second degree is a class D felony, unless the victim of such assault is a special victim, as the term “special victim” is defined under section 565.002, in which case it is a class B felony.


Convictions for assault felony charges can differ. A person can be imprisoned for up to 5-15 years on a class B felony, 7+ years for a class D felony, and 4+ years for a class E felony. Convictions can also result in fines up to $10,000 due to the severity of the crime.

Contact our office today for a consultation on how best to proceed with your case.


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