As with anything that has to do with legal issues, assault and battery are among the most complicated issues that can ever come up in a criminal persecution. The terms ‘assault’ and ‘battery’ are two separate terms in themselves and the other is less severe, in terms of criminal liability, than the other. Assault is the threat of violence, sometimes coupled with the physical intimidation of the person’s capability of the threat. Battery involves the violent act being carried out.
However, there are several defense actions that can be taken to justify the need for what is legally called ‘assault and battery’. There have been instances wherein it was due to self-defense, there was consent involved from both parties (e.g. if both parties are involved in some athletic activity like boxing or taekwondo), it was defense of property, or some other reason. However, determining what defense to take is not in the jurisdiction of the person accused but for the legal experts representing the person.
A Collin County criminal lawyer will likely tell you that if you are to be convicted with a crime as damaging to your reputation as assault and battery, it can follow your life forever, severely affecting and limiting educational and professional opportunities because of the stigma that a conviction creates. It is advisable that when presented with a legal problem such as this, expert and specialized help ought to be sought in order to receive the best representation. You’ll need to be aggressive in the pursuit of justice.
If you or someone you know has been charged with assault and battery, there is hardly any time left to dawdle as legal counsel must be obtained immediately.
To be able to drive on US roads and highways, drivers will first have to make sure that they carry car liability insurance, a mandatory driving requirement in the US. Car liability insurance is meant to cover property damage and bodily injury, two usual results of car accidents. Coverage for damaged property should cover the cost of replacement or repair of damaged property, including another car or a fixture, while coverage for bodily injury is meant to cover cost of medical treatment, loss of income suffered by the injured person and others damages.
Presenting any proof that one has car liability insurance coverage is often required when re- registering a vehicle. A fairly reasonable requirement, considering the fact that the insurance’s purpose is simply to ensure financial assistance to other people in the event of an accident and, with more than five million car accidents in the US every year, this one driver would certainly want that the other driver he/she is sharing the road with carries the state-required liability coverage.
A common fault among drivers, though, is failure to maintain or renew (on time) his/her insurance coverage after the re-registration period due to the costly premiums that need to be paid. This can cause a victim (in an accident) great losses, especially if the liable driver cannot afford to compensate the victim.
According to Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®, one very big disadvantage of not carrying car liability insurance (and getting caught) which drivers may not know, however, especially those living in the state of Chicago, is that their respective state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may require them to acquire and fill out a Chicago SR-22 coverage form (also known as FR-44 or Certificate of Financial Responsibility, CFR).
An SR-22 is a form submitted by a car liability insurance provider to the state’s DMV to prove that the driver required of it already carries the liability insurance coverage required of him/her. Besides failure to carry car liability insurance, another reason why a court may require a driver to fill out an SR-22 form is repeated DUI/DWI offense or death during an accident. Besides the SR-22, a driver is also most likely to lose his/her driving privileges as he/she may lose his/her license through suspension or revocation.
On its website Mark Lassiter, Attorney at Law also mentions that a common punishment for DUI or DWI offenses is losing one’s license or having it suspended for at least 180 days, in addition to lengthy jail terms and thousands of dollars.