Yes, the decision to reduce a charge is within the discretion of the prosecutor.
In my experience it requires a defense attorney to contact the prosecutor and suggest the reduction based on the individual facts and circumstances of the case.
It typically takes an experienced defense attorney with a record of successful trials to accomplish this type of reduction coupled with a doubt on the part of the prosecutor in their ability to gain a conviction for the Felonious Assault.
It cannot be overemphasized that each case stands on its own and the results you achieve depend on a number of factors, not the least of which is the strength of the defense attorney.
If you or someone you care about has been charged with Assault in the Cincinnati area, please call us at (513) 421-9700 for a free consultation.