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Most couple gets into arguments at times. Most of these spats resolve peacefully, without ending in threats or physical harm.

However, your partner, spouse or someone else might want to get back at you and file charges, even if they are unfounded. If you’re facing assault charges, they will be serious. However, by understanding the potential consequences, you may be able to find a way to get past them.

The different levels of assault charges

The assault charges you face will depend on the extent of the alleged injuries. Slapping or pushing without thinking can still qualify as third degree assault. This can lead to an arrest.

Broken bones, threats with a weapon or the use of a weapon can lead to assault charges in the first or second degree. A conviction for these charges carry much greater consequences, including up to 20 years in prison, depending on the injuries.

Law enforcement officials will check for injuries and bruising at the scene or where or whenever the alleged victim meets with them. Often, a restraining order can be ordered to keep the parties apart.

Working through your charges

If you are accused of assaulting your partner, don’t brush off the charges. The consequences are far too serious. A legal professional can help you understand your options. You may have the option of pleading to a lesser charge, but that may not be in your best interests.

Don’t leave your future to chance. Get the help you need as soon as possible.