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Assault & Battery in Fort Wayne, Indiana

Complicated charges, wide-ranging consequences

Handling assault and battery charges in Indiana can be challenging and require the support of a qualified attorney. Some assault or battery charges can carry severe punishments, including lengthy jail terms or heavy fines. The Law Offices of Ryan E. Lackey helps you understand your charges and defends you in court.

What is assault & battery in Indiana?

In Indiana, assault is an intentional act meant to cause fear of harm as well as actual injury. Bodily contact or contact with a weapon is not required to charge someone with assault, though the perceived threat must be of immediate harm.

Battery involves intentional contact without the consent of the other person that results in bodily harm or an offense to the dignity of the other. Often, an assault charge can pair with a battery charge.

Our criminal defense lawyer Ryan E. Lackey regularly represents those facing charges of assault, battery or both. We utilize our strong ties with many prosecutors and judges in the Indiana courts while negotiating a reduction or dismissal of your charges.

Detail of battery charges in Indiana

In Indiana, “knowingly or intentionally touching anyone in a manner that is rude, angry, or insolent” is a Class B misdemeanor battery, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

However, a battery charge can be automatically elevated, depending on the circumstances as defined by state law. The class and potential penalties for elevated battery charges include:


Felony Level Sentence Range (min. – adv. – max.)
Murder 45 – 55 – 65
Level 1 20 – 30 – 40
Level 2 10 – 17.5 – 30
Level 3 3 – 9 – 16
Level 4 2 – 6 – 12
Level 5 1 – 3 – 6
Level 6 0.5 – 1 – 2.5


As to suspension of sentences, the new statutory scheme allows suspension of sentences for lower level felonies.

Our attorney is well versed in the Indiana legal system. He helps you understand the charges against you and the potential outcome of taking your case to trial. Our firm can be your best ally in the Indiana courts by building a strong defense against your charges. We defend your rights and strive for the best possible resolution.

Connect with a seasoned Indiana assault and battery attorney

If you face assault and battery charges, you need reliable, vigorous and cost-effective representation from The Law Offices of Ryan E. Lackey. For a free consultation, please contact the firm online or call us at 260-222-7364.

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    1519 Spy Run Ave.
    Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805
    Phone: 260-437-0197
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