Lawyer for Assault Arrest in Philadelphia
Getting arrested for an assault can be frustrating and aggravating, especially if you were not the person who was involved in, or started the altercation. Oftentimes, a person has legitimate defenses to an assault. They could be acting in self-defense, get misidentified, or simply be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Assaults can include something as small as physically threatening someone, physically touching someone when they tell you not to, or actually hurting someone.
Depending on how the assault occurs, you can be charged with a misdemeanor or felony. Felony assaults are known as Aggravated Assault.
WHAT IS AN ASSAULT?
The legal definition of assault is an attempt or completion of injuring another person, or negligent, careless, or reckless action which results in same.
In plain English, any touching between you or someone else that is caused by you can be an assault.
TYPES OF ASSAULT CRIMES
Simple Assault - if you intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly attempt to do, or in fact, cause bodily injury to another person.
Aggravated Assault is defined as an attempt to cause serious bodily injury to another person. This must be done intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly, with extreme indifference to the value of human life. Serious bodily injury to another person is a specific legal term and generally includes loss or threat of loss of a limb, major organ, or massive injuries.
Some common situations where you can be charged with assault are: bar fights, domestic incidents, hitting a pedestrian intentionally, or even assault of a police officer.
There are times where you can be charged with assault as a lesser included crime. Many times, a person is charged with many other serious offenses and charged with assault. Assault is a lesser included crime of many other serious offenses, such as aggravated assault, rape, and robbery. Therefore, it is important to remember that even if you are charged with a more serious crime, you can also be charged with assault.
WHY DO I NEED A LAWYER?
An attorney can help you mount a defense for you by examining relevant facts, contacting witnesses, and evaluating all information which may lead to showing your actions to be legal or unintentional. A conviction for assault can disrupt your family life and cause problems for professionally as well. Our criminal defense attorneys have decades of experience defending people of assault cases. Contact the Law Office of Greg Prosmushkin today for a free consultation.
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