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If you have been arrested for a serious crime such as assault, you are facing a criminal conviction for what is considered a crime of violence. We understand that any time you are arrested it can be a scary and stressful event. Crimes of violence generally carry the possibility of jail time. You need an assualt defense lawyer in Scranton with the expertise you can trust.
A person can be convicted of Simple Assault if they attempt to cause or intentionally, knowingly or recklessly cause bodily injury to another. Often arrests for Simple Assault arise out of fist fights, domestic incidents, bar fights, or other arguments that get physical.
Threatening words or actions can also result in a conviction for Simple Assault. A person can be convicted of Simple Assault if he attempts by physical menace to put another in fear of serious bodily injury.
Simple Assault can be graded as a misdemeanor of the first, second or third degree depending upon the circumstances.
Aggravated Assault on the other hand is always a felony. A person can be convicted of Aggravated Assault if they attempt to cause serious bodily injury to another or cause such injury intentionally, knowingly or recklessly. An attempt to cause or intentionally or knowingly causing bodily injury with a deadly weapon also rises to the level of Aggravated Assault. Attempts to injure a child or actually injuring a child can also be felony assault.
A person can also be convicted of felony assault if they commit a Simple Assault upon a protected class of persons such as, police officers, firefighters, judicial officials, district attorneys, teachers, and many others.
Aggravated Assault is either a felony of the first or second degree with possible maximum penalties up to 20 years in prison.
If you are convicted for an assault charge, in addition to jail time you could also be required to pay restitution, large fines, serve time on probation and acquire a permanent criminal record.
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When faced with a criminal assault arrest, there are many defenses available. The affirmative defenses of self-defense, defense of another or justification may be available; however, if these defenses are not raised properly or in a timely manner, then they may be lost. We can explore all available defenses to your criminal case. We also have access to the best private investigators to track down potential witnesses. As such, it is imperative to secure competent, knowledgeable, and experienced lawyer as soon as possible to protect your rights and interests.
The Best Assault Defense Lawyer in Scranton
If you or a loved one has been charged with an assault crime you need a skilled and experienced trial attorney. The sooner you have a defense attorney fighting for you the better.
Shane Scanlon has handled hundreds of assault cases. Shane Scanlon has argued misdemeanor and felony assault cases before juries and to verdict. That is experience you can trust. Call Shane Scanlon Law and let us fight for you.