Charlie Sheen Officially Charged with Assault; Facing Jail

Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller were back in court Monday, and Sheen was officially charged on three counts -- felony menacing, third-degree assault and criminal mischief -- stemming from the Christmas morning scuffle with his wife.

If convicted of the felony menacing charge, Sheen, 44, could face one to three years behind bars. (Third-degree assault and criminal mischief are both misdemeanors.) He has not yet entered a plea.

In the same hearing, Judge James Boyd lifted a protective order preventing Sheen and Mueller, 32, from communicating. The couple had previously requested the change, claiming they wanted to work on their marriage. When the hearing was over, Sheen and Mueller hugged but still left the courtroom separately.

In an interview after the hearing, Mueller's lawyer said that his client "would like the charges to be dismissed and the case to be over...What happens after today is anyone's guess."

The couple, he said, would like to start living together again "right now."

The next court hearing is scheduled for March 15.

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