Philadelphia Assault Charge Lawyer
Getting arrested for an assault can be frustrating and anxiety-inducing, especially if you were not the person who was started the altercation, or were not even involved. Oftentimes, a person has completely legitimate defenses to an assault. They could be acting in self-defense, get misidentified, or otherwise simply be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Assaults 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. If you or a family member has been arrested for assault, you probably will not be able to handle the court case on your own. You should consult a criminal defense attorney.
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 unwanted 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 usually includes loss or threat of loss of a limb or major organ, or else massive injuries.
Some common situations in which you can be charged with assault are: bar fights, domestic incidents, hitting a pedestrian intentionally, or even assault of a police officer. Any of these situations could result in an assault charge, but this list is not exhaustive of all possible cases in which you may be charged with assault.
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.
How We Defend Against Assault
At The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C., we have specialized in fighting assault cases for decades. Mr. Prosmushkin and his team of lawyers have over 50 years of experience handling assault cases. In many cases, we have been successful in winning or downgrading the charges against our clients. Our attorneys will look at the specifics of your case and will formulate a defense based on what happened. For example, we have had success defending assault cases by claiming self-defense. In other cases, we have been able to discredit the complaining witness’ account of the fight and been able to show that our client did not start the fight. All of these factors are taken into account when we look at the possible defenses available for your case.
Call Us Today for a Free Consultation
If you or a loved one was arrested for assault, call The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. today for a free consultation on your case. Given our decades of experience, we can help defend your during a trying time in your life. Call us today.
This content was written on behalf of Greg Prosmushkin.