Assault causing bodily injury in Iowa is any assault which also causes a bodily injury or mental illness. A bodily injury is typically any injury that is not a serious injury. In other words, a bodily injury is not an injury that does not cause a disabling mental illness, create a substantial risk of death, does not cause protracted loss of impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ, nor cause a permanent disfigurement. In short, a bodily injury is typically an injury that can heal like a split lip, bloody nose, redness, or bruise. It is typically visible and law enforcement officers look or such visible signs in any assault case.
An non-domestic assault causing bodily injury is a serious misdemeanor punishable by fines ranging from $315 to $1875 and jail up to one year, though there is no mandatory minimum jail sentence in such a non-domestic assault.
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Bodily injury is the difference between what otherwise might be a simple non domestic assault into assault causing bodily injury. Law enforcement look for scuffs, scrapes, split lips, red marks, and bruises to determine if someone has committed an assault of any kind and whether an injury should be recorded and prosecuted. if it can heal and it doesn't cause a risk of death, it's generally speaking a bodily rather than a serious injury. If you or a loved one has been arrested for serious misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury in Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Waterloo, or other Iowa community, contact DAC-LAW PLC today at 319-389-4276.