Philadelphia Aggravated Assault Lawyer
Aggravated Assault is a serious criminal charge. Therefore, if you are convicted of it, you will face serious repercussions affecting both your immediate and long term future. You may incur significant jail time and fines, and will be termed a violent felon – a label that will follow you around for the rest of your life.
Depending on the facts of “who” and “how,” an Aggravated Assault will be either a first- or second-degree felony. Both may amount to a fine of up to $25,000, while a felony of the first degree can carry a prison term of up to 20 years, and a felony of the second degree a prison term of up to 10 years.
Such significant penalties must be met with an equally forceful defense. This is not a crime to be taken lightly, nor handled passively. You need to retain a criminal defense lawyer who will vigorously defend your rights and your freedom. Call The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. today to schedule a meeting with one of our Criminal Defense Attorneys.
What Is Aggravated Assault?
Aggravated Assault is a felony. One is guilty of this crime when they “attempt to cause serious bodily harm to another person intentionally, knowingly or recklessly, with extreme indifference to the value of human life.” Taking any action which meets the elements of this definition will amount to Aggravated Assault. Also, the use of a weapon is likely to cause an action to rise to the level required to constitute Aggravated Assault.
The ‘who’ and ‘how’ of your case can make a significant difference. In addition to the previous definition, it is also considered Aggravated Assault to “intentionally or knowingly attempt to cause or successfully cause fear of imminent serious bodily injury, actual bodily injury, or actual serious bodily injury” to agents or employees of the penal system while they are performing their duties. This alternative definition of aggravated assault may apply to police officers, sheriffs, prison employees, probation or parole officers, firefighters, emergency medical service personnel, parking enforcement officers, judges, district attorneys, public defenders, teachers, school officials, private detectives, and agents of various government agencies.
Defending Against Aggravated Assault
At The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., we have decades of experience defending aggravated assault cases. When we defend these cases, we look at several factors, whether you were acting in self defense, whether you were acting in defense of others, if you were the person starting the fight, whether you intended to hurt the person, if the person was in one of the “protected classes” (police officer or other public official), and other fact specific defenses. Our lawyers have won defense verdicts in jury and non-jury trials for our clients when handling these types of cases.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
Given the consequences, how could you not retain counsel? You are facing potentially decades in prison, tens of thousands of dollars in fines, and a stigma which will follow you around for the rest of your life. With an experienced and aggressive defense lawyer in your corner, you can prepare to challenge the evidence put forth by the prosecution and work towards either a dismissal of the charges or an acceptable plea deal.
An aggressive, comprehensive defense is essential to the achievement of the best results possible. Call The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled Criminal Defense Attorneys.
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