Man Crashes Wedding, Stabs Guest

Geoffrey D. Lauer, 20, was arraigned Sunday on charges of assault with intent to do great bodily harm and assault with a dangerous weapon. The charges flowed from an incident that occurred the night before where Lauer allegedly crashed a wedding reception that was being held at an outdoor pavilion in a park. Police say Lauer approached some guests at the reception and told attendees that he wanted a beer and to give a gift to the couple. When guests asked Lauer to leave, he allegedly pulled a knife and pointed it at a 22-year-old male from Weidman. The man reportedly punched Lauer who allegedly stabbed him in the right shoulder and upper back before running from the park. Lauer was later located by the Mt. Pleasant police.

A simple assault and battery case may be charged as a misdemeanor in Michigan. The offender would face, as maximum penalties, up to 1 year in county jail. However, when a deadly weapon is used, the potential penalties may escalate. Assault and battery may be charged as a felony if the perpetrator committed the act with the intent of causing serious disfigurement, for the purpose of robbery or to commit murder.

Our firm takes on these cases throughout Warren, Sterling Heights, Troy, Rochester Hills and Royal Oak, Michigan. No matter the particular assault and battery charges you're facing, an experienced lawyer can still help. Contact Freedman & Freedman today!