Providing Criminal Defense for Assault Charges
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When someone accuses you of assault or indecent assault, it immediately seems like the entire criminal justice system is stacked against you. The tendency of the court is to assume your guilt, which goes against the basic principle of being innocent until proven guilty. When you are facing these types of accusations, the criminal defense attorneys at Bowers Fawcett & Hurst, LLC in Beaver County can help. Our team has more than 40 years of experience serving clients, and we work hard to make sure your rights are not violated by law enforcement officers and prosecutors.
Assault according to Pennsylvania law
Many acts have been defined to constitute assault in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, but in general, simple assault is the attempt to cause, or intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury. It can also include putting another in fear of imminent serious bodily injury by physical menace. Other acts may also constitute simple assault. Therefore, it is important to discuss the facts of your case with an attorney before you talk to anyone else.
Again, while there are many offenses that are classified as aggravated assault, generally it is attempting to cause serious bodily injury to another, or causing serious bodily injury intentionally, knowingly or recklessly. It includes causing bodily injury to specific state and local officer and employees or causing bodily injury with a deadly weapon. What constitutes reckless conduct and serious injuries are issues that can make the difference between simple assault and aggravated assault.
The consequences for an assault conviction range in severity depending on the circumstances of the crime. Fines, probation and jail time are all possibilities. Therefore, call the Attorneys at Bowers Fawcett & Hurst, LLC today to discuss your case.
What is a sexual offense?
Sexual offenses are an assault that includes as an element a sex crime. These crimes are often graded as felony offenses that carry significant jail time, probation, treatment and sex offender registry. A conviction for a sex crime, in additional to the severe criminal penalties, can severely damage your reputation and permanently affect your ability to obtain employment. Sexual crimes include, but are not limited to the following:
- Date rape
- Statutory rape
- Sexual assault
Speak with a criminal defense attorney right away
Set up your free initial consultation with an attorney by calling Bowers Fawcett & Hurst, LLC at 724-266-0290. You may also contact us online. Our office is located just off State Rte. 65 in Ambridge, about 20 minutes away from downtown Pittsburgh. We also maintain flexible office hours for your convenience.