West Chester, PA 19380
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Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.
Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Michael E. Houghton brings both passion and enthusiasm to criminal defense through his extensive knowledge and experience.
Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.
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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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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
An individual who has been convicted of a violent crime in Pennsylvania faces the following penalties:
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.
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.