Facing Simple Assault Charges? Our Dedicated Murfreesboro Criminal Attorneys Rigorously Defend You


Assault charges can carry serious consequences for your future. We know what is at stake and will aggressively fight all accusations


Facing a simple assault charge can disrupt your whole life in far-reaching ways. The legal process can be very stressful and you are probably very concerned about what the future holds. Don’t leave anything up to chance. The trusted Murfreesboro criminal defense attorneys at Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley have a long history of successfully defending clients who have been accused of crimes such as simple assault. We know what is at stake and fight for you to the fullest extent of the law.


What is simple assault?


Pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. Section 39-13-101, simple assault in Tennessee includes:


  • Intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another;
  • Intentionally or knowingly causes another to reasonably fear imminent bodily injury; or
  • Intentionally or knowingly causes physical contact with another and a reasonable person would regard the contact as extremely provocative or offensive.


Simple assault is classified as a misdemeanor because, usually, the resulting damage is relatively minor. If a more serious injury is sustained or if a deadly weapon was used, the charge may be increased to a felony charge of aggravated assault.


Self-defense is one of the most common defenses to a simple assault charge. You need to be able to show the court that:


  • The other person attacked you or threatened to attack you first; and
  • You used a reasonable amount of force to defend yourself.


If the court finds that the other person attacked you or threatened to attack you first, but you used an unreasonable amount of force to defend yourself, you may still be found guilty but it could be bumped down to a lesser charge.


What is the punishment for simple assault?


Simple assault is generally considered a Class A misdemeanor. A Class A misdemeanor can result in up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. However, if the assault involves physical contact that is provocative or offensive, it will be considered a Class B misdemeanor. A Class B misdemeanor can result in up to 6 months in jail and a fine up to $500. Also, if the assault was committed against a law enforcement officer, the maximum fine will be $5,000.


If convicted of simple assault, you may also be required to pay restitution to the victim. This means that you may be required to reimburse the victim for expenses incurred as a result of the crime. These expenses can include:


  • Cost of medical treatment
  • Counseling
  • Repair or replacement of property damage


If you have been accused of simple assault, contact our Murfreesboro criminal lawyers today


When you are faced with criminal charges, you want an experienced, knowledgeable attorney with a record of success. The attorneys at Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley give you the benefit of more than 40 years of combined criminal defense experience. We have a thorough knowledge of the law and the criminal justice system. Contact our office today online, or call 615-893-1331 to schedule a free consultation.