It's pretty straightforward; an attempt means someone tried to do an act and were unable to complete it. An assault means the act was completed. c
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A felonious assault generally requires serious physical injury so the attacker would have to connect. If I hit over the head with a baseball bat, that would be a felonious assault. It is also illegal to attempt, or try, to commit an offense. If I swung a baseball bat at your head but missed, that would be attempted felonious assault.
From a legal prospective, felonious assault is a felony of the second degree. An attempt is punishable as a level lower than the completed offense; thus an attempted felonious assault would be a third degree felony. Both are serious. Anyone charged with either one should retain an attorney.
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An attempt is where you take a substantial step to complete a crime but do not do it. It lowers the offense one level. So an attempted felonious assault would be a felony of the third degree instead of a F2.
I would agree with the responses by my colleagues. I would also add that in Mahoning County, the prosecutor's office may offer a plea to an attempted offense, which lowers the indicted offense one level. So in your question, the felonious assault is a F2. By offering an attempt, it would become a F3.
The code section for felonious assault already has the attempt element built into the language. The main two types of felonious assault specifically include "a person who knowingly causes or attempts to cause" in one instance "serious physical harm to another" and in the other instance "physical harm to another by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous ordinance".
In most other incidents, an attempt crime is one degree less than the principal offense. Your lawyer may be able to negotiate a plea to an attempted felonious assault, which would then be a F3 as opposed to F2. But those instances, prosecutors will argue that there is no incentive for them to reduce the charge, because an attempted felonious assault, under the statute, is the same as a felonious assault.
With that said, I would encourage you to discuss with your lawyer the possibility of negotiating for an F4 aggravated assault. This offense is designed for assaults that are of a serious nature, but where there is a heightened level of emotion involved in the facts.
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