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Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli

Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.

Joshua Tebay

Joshua Tebay

Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Timothy Kraeer

Timothy Kraeer

Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.

Ann DelCollo

Ann DelCollo

Since 1992, Ann has been advocating for her clients both in and out of tough courtrooms of Philadelphia, which has cultivated her craft.

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Primary Location
304 North High Street West Chester, PA 19380
Secondary Locations

These locations are available by appointment only

1515 Market St., #200 Philadelphia, PA 19102
135 East State St. Kennett Square, PA 19380
600 West Germantown Pike Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
1489 Baltimore Pike Ste 221 Springfield, PA 19064
101 Lindenwood Dr, Ste 225 Malvern, PA 19355
150 N. Radnor Chester Rd Ste. F200, Radnor, PA 19087
313 West Liberty St., Ste 341 Lancaster, PA 17603
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Our firm provides excellent services at reasonable fees and accepts a variety of payment methods, including most major credit card providers.

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Violent Crimes

Violent crimes usually involve traumatizing or causing serious injury to someone else. In efforts to deter individuals from committing violent crimes, the judicial system severely punishes those who are convicted.

However, in order to convict someone of a violent crime, the prosecution must be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt, that the defendant committed every element of the offense they have been charged with. With such a high burden of proof, there are usually defense available that could have your charges reduced or dropped.

Having more than one lawyer or just one hope when facing a crime of violence in Chester County or the greater Philadelphia area can make a big difference in your case. Whether it is a simple assault or aggravated assault, terroristic threats or homicide, we are a team of defense lawyers with nearly 40 years of experience fighting for your justice.

Chester County Violent Crimes Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with a violent crime  in Willow Street,  Newton Square, Coatesville, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Exton, Norristown, or Downingtown,  contact Ciccarelli Law Offices. This dedicated team of defense lawyers is passionate about fighting for the rights of their clients, and will work hard to present the facts of the case in a way that is favorable to you.

When facing charges for such a serious crime, it is important to have a team on your side that will stand up and fight for your freedom. Contact Ciccarelli Law Offices today at (610) 719-3200, and let this experienced team of defense attorneys place their intense focus on protecting your freedom and future.

West Chester Violent Crime Information Center

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Assault Crimes in Pennsylvania

Assault is one of the most commonly committed violent crimes in Pennsylvania. Depending on the factors involved, it can range from a third degree misdemeanor to a first degree felony. According to 18 Penn. Cons. Stat. § 2701, assault is defined as:

  • Intentionally causing or attempting to cause bodily harm to another person
  • Negligently causing injury to someone with a deadly weapon
  • Deliberately putting someone in fear of serious bodily harm  

When assault occurs that doesn’t involve the use of a deadly weapon, or there are no other aggravating factors, it is known as “simple assault”. This is usually a second degree misdemeanor that can be either downgraded to a third degree misdemeanor if the assault occurred during  fight, or upgraded to a first degree misdemeanor if the offender is over 21 and the alleged victim is under 12.

A simple assault on a government employee, firefighter, or teacher is a second degree felony, and it can automatically be charged as a first degree felony if a police officer was the victim of the assault.

According to 18 Penn. Cons. Stat. § 2702, an individual is guilty of aggravated assault if he or she knowingly or recklessly causes or attempts to cause serious bodily injury to someone else, under circumstances that show an extremes indifference for the value of human life.

If serious bodily injury is involved, aggravated assault is a first degree felony. Aggravated assault is a second degree felony when a deadly weapon is involved but the assault did not lead to serious bodily injury.

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Violent Crimes in West Chester


As stated by 18 Penn. Cons. Stat. § 2709, an individual can be charged with harassment if he or she continuously communicates with an individual in a threatening, obscene, or lewd manner, with no legitimate purpose. 

Harassment can also involve following the alleged victim in public, and making physical contact with the intent to scare, annoy, anger, or harass the individual. In most cases, this is a third degree misdemeanor.

Reckless Endangerment

According to 8 Penn. Cons. Stat. § 2705, reckless endangerment is when an individual intentionally, recklessly, or without concern for the individuals safety, puts the alleged victim in danger of death or serious injury. Reckless endangerment can be charged as a second degree misdemeanor.


Under 18 Penn. Cons. Stat. § 2901, an individual is guilty of kidnapping if he or she unlawfully removes an individual a substantial distance from where they were found, or confines the alleged victim in isolation for a substantial period of time, for the purpose of:

  • Using the victim as a hostage
  • Receiving a ransom for the victim
  • Using the victim for assistance in the commission of a felony
  • Terrorizing or inflicting bodily injuries on the victim
  • Interfering with any governmental or political function

An individual can also be charged with kidnapping if he or she takes an individual who is under the age of 14 without the consent of the victims parents. Under Pennsylvania law, kidnapping is a first degree felony.


According to 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3701, robbery is when the accused, in the course of committing a theft, causes injury or threatens injury, uses force or commits or threatens to commit a first or second-degree felony.

Robbery itself can be a third degree felony, if mere force was used, all the way up to a first degree felony for "carjacking." Robbery charges may come on top of any other charges you might face.

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Penalties for Violent Crimes in Chester County

An individual who has been convicted of a violent crime in Pennsylvania faces the following penalties:

  • First Degree Felony: Up to 20 years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine
  • Second Degree Felony: Up to 10 years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine
  • First Degree
  • Misdemeanor: Up to five years in jail and/or a $10,000 fine
  • Second Degree Misdemeanor: Up to two years in jail and/or a $5,000 fine
  • Third Degree Misdemeanor: Up to one year in jail and/or a $2,000 fine

Along with significant time behind bars and steep fines, individuals will also have a permanent offense on their record which could place limitations on employment and educational opportunities. It's important to have a West Chester criminal defense attorney on your side, fighting the charges for you.

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Finding the Best Violent Crimes Defense Attorney in West Chester

If you are facing charges for the commission of a violent crime in Exton, Norristown, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Downingtown, Willow Street, or Coatesville, contact Ciccarelli Law Offices. The attorneys at this firm are well versed in the laws associated with violent crimes and will use their knowledge to craft the best defense possible for your case.

With offices in Philadelphia, Plymouth Meeting, Westchester, Radnor, Malvern, King of Prussia, Lancaster, and Kennett Square, the team of attorneys at this firm are able to provide quality legal representation for individuals throughout the greater Philadelphia region. Contact us today at (610) 719-3200 and set up a consultation on your case so that these devoted defense attorneys can guide you through the legal process.

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