On Tuesday, January 17, 2012, two male students at Hastings High School in Hastings, Michigan (Barry County) were arguing over text messages about a girl. The students met in a school hallway and began tussling. A teacher walked up and demanded the boys stop fighting, threatening to throw her hot tea on them if they did not stop. When the boys did not stop, the teacher showered the boys with the hot tea. That broke up the fight.
Later that evening, one of the boys went to the Hastings Police Department to file a complaint against the other boy. He told officers about the teacher throwing hot tea and showed them marks on his shoulder that are consistent with burn marks one would get from hot liquid. The Hastings Police Department plans on forwarding the results of their investigation to the Barry County Prosecutor’s Office. Both the teacher and one of the students face assault charges and could spend up to 93 days in jail or possibly more, depending on the specific charge. Do you think this teacher should be charged with assault?
As top criminal defense lawyers, we know that being charged with assault in Michigan is a serious situation. The penalties for an assault conviction depend on whether the assault was charged as simple misdemeanor assault, aggravated assault or as felonious assault. Certain aggravating factors, such as the use of a weapon, can raise the assault charge from a misdemeanor to a felony. Teachers and other professionals facing assault charges may lose their jobs and their ability to earn a living.
Convictions for assault can lead to jail or prison time. That is why you want the best of the best when it comes to legal representation. Our attorneys will be by your side during every step of the legal process, working to achieve a favorable outcome in the case. Don’t wait until it is too late. Contact us today at 1 866-766-5245.