A High School Fight: Does it Relate to Assault?

Recently, there has been a video circulating online of a student committing an assault at a high school in North Carolina. The video lasts less than a minute, but shows a seemingly vicious assault. After viewing a video like this, you may have some questions about assault, and how it is punished. 

In North Carolina, the crime of assault is defined in the North Carolina General Statutes, and even describes varying circumstances and degrees of assault. For example, there are heightened punishments for assaults committed on school or sports officials while in the course of their duty. So, if a parent of a student on the high school basketball team assaults the basketball coach, it will be treated differently in court than a simple assault. 

You will also have to keep in mind that in the criminal context, assault and battery are lumped together, as opposed to civil matters, where assault and battery are two different torts. If you have any questions regarding assault, or have received a recent charge of assault, call the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC. You will receive a free consultation over the phone, or you can contact Attorneys Kristi Haddock or Wiley Nickel by email. 


Wiley Nickel

Wiley Nickel lives and works in Cary, North Carolina. In 1998, he graduated from Tulane University with a major in Political Science and a minor in History. After college Wiley went to work for Al Gore and travelled with the Vice President as part of his national advance staff. Following the Gore campaign he earned his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 2005. While in law school Wiley worked as a law clerk in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office where he gained valuable criminal trial experience before taking and passing the California bar exam. His first job out of law school was for the Merced County District Attorney’s Office where he worked as a Deputy District Attorney with a focus on prosecuting DWI offenders. Wiley later joined the Law Offices of Joseph Uremovic where he focused on civil litigation and family law. When the opportunity came to join the Obama campaign in 2008 Wiley jumped at the chance. He spent three years travelling with President Obama as a member of his national advance team. In 2011 Wiley left his work for the White House to return to the practice of law. Wiley devotes the majority of his practice to the areas of criminal law, family law, traffic tickets and DMV issues. The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel was started with the goal of providing the best representation possible for all of his clients. Experienced, Compassionate, Aggressive Criminal Defense While defense attorney Wiley Nickel works as the primary attorney for all of his cases, he does have an associate attorney, a team of investigators, forensic consultants, and support staff to call on to help achieve the best possible result in every case. He limits his case load so that he can focus on providing the best possible legal defense to all of his clients. Every case is a top priority and the goal is to have your case dismissed with a focus on being able to expunge your charges at the end of the process. When he is not working, Wiley is an avid family man, distance runner and golfer. He loves North Carolina college sports and is hoping this is the year for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Wiley is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and California.