Legal Question in Criminal Law in Ohio

One man punched another in the jaw. cops were called. the man that was punched left the scene of the crime. the man that punched him left awhile later. the man that got punched file charges stating the his jaw was broke by the man that punched him. The man that punched him has never been in any trouble before. Is he facing any jail time?

Asked on 3/20/13, 6:57 am

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It's conceivable that the man who did the punching could be charged, and he could be charged with a pretty serious crime. Most punches are charged as simple assault, a first degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days. However, if the other person's jaw was broken by the punch, he could be indicted on a felonious assault charge, a third degree felony, punishable by 2-8 years in prison and hefty fines.

He should speak to an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible to talk about his options, and to plan out his next steps.

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Answered on 3/21/13, 6:13 am

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