Philip N. Clark, Esq.
Whether you’ve been charged with simple assault or aggravated assault, having the right defense could make a big difference in the outcome of your situation. Nashville attorney Philip N. Clark will work tirelessly to ensure you have the best defense available. If you’ve been charged with assault, we encourage you to act fast and immediately give Philip a call or request a consultation.
Assault Charges in Tennessee
In Tennessee, there are two types of assault: simple assault and aggravated assault.
Simple assault is defined as (a) intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly bringing about injury to a person, (b) making a person reasonably fear imminent bodily injury, or (c) physically contacting a person in such a way that a reasonable person would believe it to be extremely proactive or offensive. You can read more by taking a look at Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-101.
Aggravated Assault is defined at Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-102, which states:
- A person who intentionally or knowingly commits an assault, and the assault either (a) results in serious bodily injury to another, (b) results in the death of another, (c) involved the use or display of a deadly weapon, or (d) involved strangulation or attempted strangulation.
- A person who recklessly commits an assault, and the assault either (a) results in serious bodily injury to another, (b) results in the death of another, or (c) involved the use or display of a deadly weapon.
- A person who, as a parent or custodian of a child or an adult, intentionally or knowingly fails or refuses to protect the victim from an aggravated assault or aggravated child abuse.
- A person who, after having been enjoined or restrained by an order, diversion, or probation agreement from in any way causing or attempting to cause bodily injury or in any way committing or attempting to commit an assault against an individual or individuals, intentionally or knowingly attempts to cause or causes bodily injury or commits or attempts to commit an assault against the individual or individuals.
- A person who, with intent to cause physical injury to any public employee or an employee of a transportation system—e.g., law enforcement officer, firefighter, paramedic, etc.—causes physical injury to the employee while the public employee is performing a duty within the scope of the employee’s assignments.
An assault committed without regard for the outcome is called “reckless.” An accident, if not properly defended, could result in serious criminal charges.
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Attorney Philip N. Clark is dedicated to provide you with the best representation possible, regardless of your criminal charges. He will strive keep you informed, prepared, and as stress-free as possible from the start to finish of your case.
Attorney Philip N. Clark understands how serious DUI charges are and how they can impact you and your loved ones. He will strive to provide you the best representation possible and help you achieve the best outcome for your case.
Domestic Violence Law
Attorney Philip N. Clark understands that domestic violence charges are a sensitive matter to all those involved. During your free case evaluation, he will listen to the facts and details of your case and provide you with honest and straight forward advice on your rights and options in moving forward with your case.
There are many benefits of hiring Attorney Philip N. Clark to represent you in drug charge cases. With over twenty years of law enforcement experience, including service as a police officer and probation and parole officer, he understands how to approach each and every aspect of your case.
Attorney Philip N. Clark recognizes the severity of theft charges. Although a theft charge might seem like something minor, a theft conviction can really take a toll on your reputation and your employment opportunities. A theft charge is no light matter. Attorney Philip N. Clark has the experience and knowledge to lay out the options available to you during this tough time.