Helping You Fight Back Against Assault Charges
Are you facing an assault charge? When it is your future and your freedom on the line, we can help you take quick and decisive action to protect your interests. Even simple assault charges can lead to serious consequences, but our experienced team can help you fight back and potentially mitigate the penalties you are facing.
In Pennsylvania, an assault is any attempt to harm someone intentionally, knowingly or inadvertently through reckless behavior. In fact, you could face assault charges even if you did not physically hurt another person. The accusation of this type of crime can disrupt your life, but our criminal defense team can help. Led by lawyer Louis Emmi, the team at Louis W. Emmi Attorney at Law will work diligently to build a defense suited to your objectives.
The Complex Consequences Of Simple Or Aggravated Assault
In Pennsylvania, assault charges fall into two different categories: simple assault and aggravated assault. Simple assault is a misdemeanor, but it brings a range of penalties that include a significant amount of time behind bars. These charges can arise from incidents involving:
- Intentionally or recklessly attempting to cause or causing bodily harm to another person
- Causing harm through the negligent use of a deadly weapon
- Using menace to cause another person to fear imminent bodily injury
Aggravated assault arises out of incidents involving serious bodily harm, and it is either a first- or second-degree felony. These charges can follow incidents involving:
- Intentionally or knowingly causing serious bodily harm to another person
- Attempting to cause serious injury with a deadly weapon
- Physically assaulting a public officer or official
This is a very serious crime, and we can provide the serious defense you require. A conviction can change your life, yet we will work diligently to mitigate its potential impact. Our experience in complex criminal defense cases involving alleged violence allows us to identify and develop the right defense plan for you, such as self-defense or provocation.
You Do Not Have To Wait To Build Your Defense
You can start building your defense today, even if you are not yet formally charged. Through a complete evaluation of your case, we can explain your options. You can call our Pittsburgh office at 412-341-8477 or email us for an appointment.