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.
David Strenfel is a highly experienced attorney who focuses on trial advocacy, constitutional law, and criminal defense.
Jonathon Luff has successfully represented countless clients and gain freedom for many wrongfully accused individuals.
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Assault covers a broad range of actions that involve actions that intentional cause bodily harm or put a person in fear of bodily harm. Aggravated assault is a more serious version of this crime, with much, much greater penalties. For aggravated assault, you could face years in prison and have a criminal conviction on your record that will suggest you are a dangerous person.
Our dedicated team of attorneys will fight for you if you face aggravated assault charges. With such serious charges with such grave consequences, you'll want more than just one West Chester aggravated assault lawyer and more than just one hope for a defense. Our team has more than 40 years of collective experience, experience that helps us build the strongest defense possible for you. Call us today at (610) 719-3200.
Our lawyers can handle aggravated assault charges throughout the West Chester area, with offices in West Chester, Philadelphia, Malvern, Radnor, Springfield, King of Prussia, Lancaster, Kennett Square and Plymouth Meeting. We represent clients throughout Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Lancaster Counties.
Assault, under Commonwealth of Pennsylvania law, means to intentionally, knowingly or reckless cause or attempt to cause bodily injury. It could also mean to intentionally put another person in fear of imminent bodily injury.
Aggravated assault has the same elements, but instead of just bodily injury, it is causing or attempting to cause serious bodily injury (18 Penn. Cons. Stat. § 2702). "Serious bodily injury" means an injury that involves a risk of death or one that causes permanent disfigurement or impairment.
A simple assault can become aggravated assault if the victim is one of several public servants, including police officers, firefighters, sheriff's deputies, constables, federal or state law enforcement agents, teachers, judges or others listed in the law.
Aggravated assault is a second degree felony if there was no actual serious bodily injury caused, or if the public servant who was a victim was not a police officer. A second degree felony will result in up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
However, if there was serious bodily injury caused or the victim was a police officer, then it is a first degree felony, punishable by up to 20 years in jail and a fine of $25,000.
Additionally, while an assault looks bad on your criminal record, an aggravated assault looks much darker and more dangerous. An aggravated assault conviction does not look like the result of a scuffle. It looks like the work of an unstable person, someone you wouldn't want working for your company or living in your apartment complex.
Prosecutors must always prove every element of their charge beyond a reasonable doubt. In an aggravated assault charge, that means proving that there was serious bodily harm and that the harm was cause intentionally, or that there was intent for serious bodily harm.
Your West Chester violent crime attorney can show the holes in the case by calling the prosecution's evidence to question and vigorously cross-examining the prosecution's witnesses. If they cannot convince the jury that there is no reasonable doubt, they must acquit you of the charges. Prosecutors may also decide to drop your charges or reduce them to misdemeanor assault when they know they don't have enough evidence.
Our team of experienced lawyers will fight for you. A West Chester aggravated assault attorney from Ciccarelli Law Offices can challenge the prosecution's evidence and seek to have your charges reduced or dismissed, and can argue your case to the jury. We represent the accused throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania, including Exton, Coatesville, Lancaster, Media, Phoenixville and Downingtown. Call us today at (610) 719-3200 for a free consultation.