Draper Assault and Battery Lawyer Serving Utah
Are You Suffering from Bar Fight Injuries or Battery Injuries?
If you or someone you know is suffering from assault injuries or has been battered, hiring a Draper battery and assault lawyer can help you sue the perpetrator for monetary damages. Most assault and battery victims do not know they can also sue their assailants in civil court for financial compensation for the damages and pain they have suffered, and, if the assault happened in public place like a bar, they may even be able to sue bar and club owners for neglecting to provide a safe environment.
If you are the victim of an assault or battery, a lawyer may be able to help you receive just compensation for your injuries. At Coulter & Tateoka, we have extensive experience helping victims of assault and battery receive monetary compensation for a wide range of violent offences, including:
- Bar Fight Injuries
- Domestic Violence
- Sexual Assault
- Driving While Intoxicated (DUI/DWI)
- Gun/Firearm Crimes
- Reckless Driving
Representing Violent Crime Survivors
Draper assault and battery lawyers do not only represent those who suffer the physical injuries of violent crime, sometimes they also represent surviving family members who must deal with the grief and pain of losing a loved one to domestic violence or some other sort of wrongful death.
Personal injury lawyer Derek Coulter recognizes that money cannot replace the loss of a loved one or family member, but having the financial resources to seek psychological care and provide adequately for surviving victims can make a difference in the lives of innocent victims. This is why he works hard to get his clients maximum compensation for their assault and battery personal injury claims.
What Constitutes Assault and Battery?
Assault is defined as any unlawful attempt or threat with violence or force to physically harm another, whether from intentional behavior or negligence. Battery, on the other hand, is the attempt and/or threat of violence combined with actual physical contact that causes injury.
A person can be found guilty of assault in civil court if:
- The accused intended to cause harm or take part in offensive contact with the victim
- The victim just believed they were about to be harmed
This means that someone can be found liable for assault even if they did not actually touch the victim. Likewise, verbal threats can be considered assaults.
Civil vs. Criminal Standards of Proof
What standards of proof your case must meet to win depends on whether your case will be tried in criminal court or civil court.
For someone to be convicted of a violent crime in criminal court, the defendant must be found guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt,” and in jury trials all 12 jurors must unanimously agree. For someone to be found liable in a civil lawsuit, there need only be a “preponderance of evidence” to win a case. This means that the burden of proof is much lower for civil suits than criminal ones.
Violent and coercive crimes can often be tried in civil and criminal court, including cases of sexual molestation, sexual assault, shootings, stabbings, bar fights and more. Any of these incidents can leave victims physically and emotionally scarred, and as such victims are entitled to seek full and fair compensation for their losses, including those for medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, psychological treatment, cosmetic surgery, pain and suffering and more.
Call our offices in Draper at 801-501-0321 or toll free at (866) 769-2859 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation with one of our lawyers. You don’t pay attorney’s fees unless we win compensation for you.