Defense Of Assault Charges
We understand that criminal charges can involve anyone. Assault often involves the reckless attempt to cause bodily injury through actions. It can be a wife who attacks her husband, a bully who terrorizes neighbors, or someone under the influence of drugs or alcohol making poor choices.
The Hoover Firm, LLC, represents clients facing criminal defense charges, including assault. While you may be charged, it can be a case of self-defense. Criminal defense lawyer David Hoover works closely with clients to determine the details of the charges and the circumstances in which it happened. He will then use his extensive experience to guide clients through the legal process here in Pennsylvania, often conducting additional investigation to build a stronger case for you.
Customizing Your Defense To Fit Your Needs
We are not the average law firm giving standard legal advice. Our goal is to provide legal guidance that helps with present circumstances but also considers future issues where charges and a conviction can impact employment, professional licensing, education and your personal freedoms.
Defense Against Assault Charges
Whether it is simple assault or the more severe aggravated assault, we always aggressively pursue a positive outcome for you. This often involves telling your side of the story, using such defenses as:
- Lack of knowledge of the incident
- Lack of intent to harm
- Provocation by the other party or self-defense
- No injury to the other party
- Age of the defendant
These Are Serious Charges
An attack of law enforcement or an emergency responder is a first-degree aggravated assault that is a first-degree felony, which can carry 20 years in prison. All other aggravated assault charges are second-degree, which is 10 years.
While a fight between consenting adults is third-degree misdemeanor, simple assault is a second-degree misdemeanor that can carry a sentence of one to two years in jail.
Fines and other sentencing alternatives such as probation and house arrest may also be a part of the penalties for felony or misdemeanor. An attorney with experience with criminal sentencing can find a positive resolution that has less impact on the life of you or a loved one.