Montgomery County Assault Lawyers
The crime of assault, as defined by Pennsylvania law, encompasses a wide range of behaviors and accompanying penalties that differ greatly depending on the circumstances of the case. If you face any type of assault charges, safeguard your future by contacting an experienced and intelligent Montgomery County criminal defense attorney at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford. Our lawyers are former prosecutors with a detailed knowledge of how best to try a case and protect your rights.
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An assault conviction carries serious consequences. Even the lowest-level assault conviction may result in prison time, hefty fines, and a blemished reputation. That’s why it’s critical to get immediate advice from an experienced assault defense lawyer. At Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford, we represent Pennsylvanians who have been charged with assault crimes such as domestic violence, simple assault, aggravated assault, assault with a deadly weapon, and sexual assault. We understand the laws, rules, and procedures necessary to defend clients charged with assault and are dedicated to obtaining the best results for you.
Protecting Your Future and Your Freedom in Assault Cases
Perhaps you were swept into a bar fight, a disagreement with the neighbor got out of hand, or your marital argument escalated beyond your control. In any case, once law enforcement becomes involved, your private dispute will become the business of police and prosecutors. Fortunately, partnering with an expert assault defense lawyer may help you avoid the consequences that stem from this offense.
Whatever the circumstances, your future depends on skillful advocacy and a solid criminal defense strategy. Seek legal counsel from a Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney who knows the state court system inside and out, understands the prosecution’s concerns, and can devise tactical defense strategies that may result in a favorable outcome.
Understanding Pennsylvania’s Assault Laws
There are two specific types of assault charges in Pennsylvania: simple and aggravated. We’ve broken down everything you need to know about both.
To convict an individual of simple assault, a prosecutor must prove that you recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally:
- Put another person in fear of imminent bodily injury
- Attempted to inflict bodily injury on another person
- Inflicted bodily injury on another person
In this case, intentionally means that you had the specific resolve to commit the illegal and harmful act. Knowingly means you had awareness of the nature of your actions and the possible consequences of those actions.
Simple assault will be treated as a second-degree misdemeanor unless certain conditions apply. For instance, if the assault takes place during a fight entered by mutual consent, the offense may be downgraded to a third-degree misdemeanor. However, if the assault is executed by an adult over the age of 19 against a child under age 12, the crime becomes a first-degree misdemeanor subject to more severe penalties. In any case, it’s important to speak with a Pennsylvania assault lawyer who may be able to mitigate these charges on your behalf.
In some situations, the prosecutor alleges that circumstances call for raising a simple assault to an aggravated assault charge. Aggravated assault is also sometimes referred to as “felony assault” because authorities can charge this offense as either a second-degree or first-degree felony depending on the situation. The following factors differentiate aggravated assault from simple assault:
- You acted in a manner that demonstrates extreme indifference to the value of human life
- The assault is made against a law enforcement official, correctional officer, emergency medical personnel, or another authoritative figure
- The assault is made against a teacher or school staff member acting in the course of employment
- A deadly weapon is used or was attempted to be used intentionally or recklessly
- Tear gas or noxious gas was used during the act of assault
- An adult intentionally or recklessly caused or attempted to cause bodily harm to a child under the age of 13
For a person to be convicted of aggravated assault, the prosecutor must convince the jury of two specific elements. The first is knowledge of the danger of the actions. Sometimes referred to as “willful intent,” this means that the suspect must have acted knowingly and was aware of the consequences of their actions. In addition, the prosecution must prove that the individual acted recklessly. A person can be found to have acted recklessly if it’s determined that a reasonable person in the same situation would have been aware of the risks associated with the conduct.
Schedule a Free Consultation with an Experienced Assault Attorney Today
For more than 65 years, the attorneys at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford P.C. have been serving the legal needs of clients in Montgomery County, Bucks County, Lehigh County, Chester County, Delaware County, and throughout the surrounding areas. We’ve earned the trust and respect of clients facing a wide range of legal problems and our attorneys are dedicated to protecting your legal rights.
If you’ve been arrested or charged with assault, speak with an expert criminal defense lawyer who can explain the full extent of the law and possible defense strategies that pertain to your case.
Aggravated Indecent Assault
The Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyers at Rubin, Glickman, Steinberg & Gifford are committed to fighting for your rights and protecting your interests throughout the legal process. Our highly trusted and well-versed legal team understands the rules and regulations surrounding assault in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and will be with you every step of the way. Give us a call at (215) 822-7575 or complete our online contact form today.