The circumstances that lead to allegations of assault are rarely as simple as prosecutors would have us believe. Many factors have to be considered, including the intention of the accused. For example, did the defendant intend to cause bodily harm to another person, or was the injury an accident resulting from a momentary lapse in judgment? In other cases, accused individuals were only trying to defend themselves.
Protecting against overcharging is a key aspect of criminal defense. Often the facts of a particular case don't warrant the charges that are initially filed, and defendants end up facing possible penalties that don't fit the reality of the situation. In other cases, no crime has been committed at all, and the charge is false.
A Missouri man was arrested for an incident outside of St. Louis that involved a gun and threats to his ex-girlfriend. According to reports, the man was out on bail at the time of the incident for a previous armed robbery charge. Bail in the assault case is currently set at $75,000 cash.