Yes, contact a lawyer. Any assault conviction could hamper someone with a bright future. The punishment range depends in the type of assault with which he's been charged.
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You should definitely hire counsel to represent him.
This is not legal advice nor does it create an attorney-client relationship. This is for education and informational purposes only. It is always recommended that you contact an attorney with any concerns as each individual case is unique.
A simple assault falls normally in the realm of a Class C Misdemeanor, and on a lot of occasions those cases are handled in municipal and/or jp court. I say that because in those courts the punishments assessed are normally fine based only (but not always); and is the same place where most people handle traffic ticket issues. Nevertheless, you need to retain counsel b/c no matter how small the ramifications an assault on someon's record is never an easy thing to explain away. Furthermore, hiring the right counsel may result in no ramifications whatsoever.
I agree with the advice of other counsel. You need an attorney and it appears to be a case that should either be dismissed or your son should ask for a jury trial. He should not have any blemish on his record regardless of how insignificant the charge is. Do you really want to have to explain this issue in a college application in five years?