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Assault & Battery Attorney

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You need an experienced attorney to fight for your rights and protect your future.

There are a million ways you may have found yourself in need of an assault and battery attorney in South Carolina.

Maybe you got into a scuffle with some friends at a bar downtown. Or you may have gotten carried away during a heated argument with a fellow employee at work.

Regardless of how you got here, you are now in need of an assault and battery attorney to build a defense and protect your future. Otherwise, you could be facing jail time, a criminal record, job loss, and that’s just the start of it. In addition, we’re guessing you probably feel a little lost, confused, and in need of guidance.

Assault & battery attorney Kent Collins can help!

The first step in the process is finding an assault & battery attorney who has experience navigating the criminal court system. Kent Collins has over 15 years of experience defending people just like you.

Kent Collins is an Assault & Battery attorney who will:

  • Build the very best defense possible to your charge(s)
  • Provide you with sound advice every step of the way
  • Work to protect your future

The Basics of Assault & Battery Charges in South Carolina:

Assault and battery may be separate charges in some states, but in South Carolina the charge is one and the same. “Assault & Battery” is one charge in Lexington, Columbia, Aiken and Newberry, SC. Generally, assault & battery is the unlawful injury, attempt to injure, or offer to injure another person.
There are 4 assault & battery charges:

  • Assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature
  • Assault and battery 1st degree
  • Assault and battery 2nd degree
  • Assault and battery 3rd degree

Which charge you will face depends on the facts and circumstances of your particular case. The penalties that accompany the charges are serious and can negatively impact your life and family.

Assault and Battery of a High and Aggravated Nature (ABHAN)

ABHAN is the most serious assault and battery charge in South Carolina. These charges involve the unlawful injury to another person and either great bodily injury results or the act is committed in such a way that is likely to result in great bodily injury or death.

This charge is a felony, and a conviction could get you up to 20 years in prison.

Assault & Battery 1st Degree

Assault and battery is committed when one person unlawfully:

  • Injures another person and the act:
    • Involves nonconsensual touching of the private parts, or
    • Occurred during a theft, robbery, burglary or kidnapping.
  • Offers or attempts to injure another person with the present ability to do so and:
    • Is likely to produce great bodily injury or death, or
    • Occurred during a theft, robbery, burglary or kidnapping.

A conviction for this charge could get you up to 10 years in prison.

Assault & Battery 2nd Degree

This crime is committed when a person unlawfully injures another person, or offers or attempts to injure another person with the present ability to do so, and:

  • Moderate bodily injury results or could have resulted, or
  • Involves non-consensual touching of the private parts of another person.

A 2nd degree assault and battery charge is a misdemeanor and can get you up to three years in prison and/or up to a $2,500 fine.

Assault & Battery – 3rd Degree

Assault & battery 3rd degree is when one person unlawfully injures another person, or offers or attempts to injure another person with the present ability to do so.

This charge is a misdemeanor, and a conviction can bring a sentence of up to 30 days in jail and/or up to a $500 fine.

Need help with your assault & battery charge in SC?

Choosing the right criminal defense lawyer for you can be a difficult process. You have a lot riding on this decision, and we understand the pressure that it can put on you.

You need a lawyer who:

  • Knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. An experienced lawyer and former prosecutor knows what to expect, and it’s that kind of experience that helps to build a solid defense.
  • Is honest and forthcoming. You need to know all possibilities and potential outcomes so you can make an informed decision and for peace of mind.
  • Will be there for you and your family. Facing criminal charges can be scary and confusing, especially is this is your first time being brought up on charges.
  • Is a former prosecutor for Orangeburg and Lexington County.

Kent Collins has over 15 years of experience defending clients from criminal charges of all kinds, including assault and battery.

If you are in the Lexington, Columbia, Aiken, or Newberry area and need help with your assault and battery charge(s) dial 803-808-0905 or click here to send us an email.




I was a skeptic at first. He told me to trust him. "There is a method to my madness " he told me. And bam! He was correct. He got my case dismissed. Thank you Mr. Collins!

Will, Client July 27, 2015


Over the years Kent has assisted me with several legal matters and his performance has always been solid and sound. Being someone who has a record, I know it wasn't always easy for Kent, but let me just say he has helped me overcome several legal hurdles successfully. Perhaps the most important thing he did for me was help me resolve a licensing issue with the LLR, and enabled me to have a successful and productive career. I highly recommend his services to anyone who is need of solid legal counsel!

Ryan, Client August 2, 2015


Kent is an awesome lawyer that helped me during one of my lowest points of life!! Thank you so much Kent for pulling me out of my hole!!!

Stephanie November 10, 2016

Excellent Legal Services

Kent provided me with excellent legal services, and in my time of need, he was there to help! He is an excellent lawyer and genuinely cares about his clients. His knowledge of the law and abilities as an advocate are phenomenal! He believed in me and is one of the most effective attorneys. For this I will always be grateful and is my first recommendation to others who require legal assistance.

Brandon April 27, 2017

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