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Assault charges are commonly the result of a heated situation and even in the aftermath, tempers are high and feelings are hurt.  Having a criminal attorney defend you in an assault case gives you the advantage of an objective professional to sort through all the emotional details. Also, it's important to have someone by your side who is knowledgeable about the law and will listen without judgment.  Creating trust and open communication with my clients is key to uncovering all the details that must be considered and documented in defending against assault charges.  As a local assault defense attorney, I can invest the time necessary to interview all witnesses and explore the motives and credibility of everyone involved to build the best possible defense for your case. Assault charges are categorized as misdemeanors and felonies. The difference between the two is extremely important to your case as it will determine the severity of the punishment you may be facing. The assault matters I frequently handle include, but are not limited to:

  • Assault on a female
  • Assault on an officer
  • Assault with a deadly weapon, including firearms
  • Battery
  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Child abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Felony possession of firearm
  • Sexual battery
  • Stalking
  • Weapons charges

I represent clients in Avery, Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, McDowell, Transylvania, Yancey counties, and others. Don't leave your future to chance.  Even a misdemeanor charge is part of your permanent criminal record that can affect your personal life for many years. Can't make it to my office? I can come to you. Act now to ensure the best possible outcome for your situation.  Call the Asheville Law Office of James Rice, Jr. for a consultation.


The Office of James O. Rice, Jr., Attorney & Counselor at Law is committed to answering your questions about Family Law, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury and Social Security Disability law issues in Western North Carolina.

We offer a free consultation and we'll gladly discuss your case with you at your convenience. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

James O. Rice, Jr., Attorney at Law
1944 Hendersonville Road, C-1
Asheville, NC 28803