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If you are charged with assault and battery and are looking for an experienced attorney to represent you, give our office a call. Gary W. Desper is an experienced criminal defense attorney located in Westminster, MD, across from the Historic Carroll County Courthouse. As your attorney, I will help you build your defense. It is important to have someone who will stand up for you and present the best possible case in your defense, someone who will help you protect your rights, your freedom, and your record.

If you have been arrested and / or charged with assault charges, second degree or first degree assault in Maryland, call the Law Offices of Gary W. Desper today.

Assault charges vary widely in severity from misdemeanors to felony charges. I, as a Maryland criminal assault defense attorney, provide criminal defense services in a variety of cases involving assault including but not limited to:

    Assault Charges in Maryland

    First Degree Assault Charges

    • First degree assault is a felony. The law states a person may not intentionally cause or attempt to cause serious physical injury to another and may not commit an assault with a firearm, including a handgun, antique firearm, rifle, shotgun, short-barreled shotgun, or short-barreled rifle.
    • Penalty - if found guilty of the felony of assault in the first degree and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 25 years.
    • For more information, see Maryland Code Criminal Law Section / Article §3–202 Assault in the first degree

    Second Degree Assault Charges

      • Second degree assault charges could result from something as simple as touching someone's shirt during an altercation if the other person claims they felt threatened.
      • Under Code Section 3-203, second degree assault is considered a misdemeanor unless the other person is a law enforcement officer or probation officer in which case you are guilty of felony assault.
      • Regardless of whether injury occurs or not, if you make or THREATEN to make offensive or potentially harmful unwanted contact with someone, you could be charged with second degree assault charges. The unwanted contact with the other person does not have to be direct contact. If you throw an object and hit someone, or if you hit another person with an object like a bat or a stick, you could be charged with assault.
      • As a Maryland assault lawyer, I can review the accusations made against you and help you understand the charges and potential penalties.
      • Penalty - if found guilty of the misdemeanor of assault in the second degree and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 10 years or a fine not exceeding $2,500 or both.
      • If convicted of assaulting a law enforcement officer engaged in the performance of the officer's official duties or a parole or probation agent engaged in the performance of the agent's duties is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 10 years or a fine not exceeding $5,000 or both.
      • For more information, see Maryland Code Criminal Law Section / Article §3–203 Assault in the second degree


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ASSAULT CASE TESTIMONIAL - Mr. Desper represented me in an assault case. With my prior record I was concerned that I would receive a lengthy jail sentenced. Gary relentlessly fought in my corner and got my sentence down to only 6 months. After a period of two months, he put in a motion for reconsideration and got me out of jail on a house monitoring program. All I can say is that there is no better feeling than knowing you have obtained the best person for the job; someone who is willing to go to bat and give it their all for you. I was extremely pleased with Mr. Desper's work and would recommend him to anyone who is in any legal trouble.