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Violent crimes can range from simple assault cases to involuntary manslaughter.
The consequences for violent crime charges will vary depending on your
situation, so it is critical to hire an experienced violent crimes defense
attorney to handle your case. Attorney Elisabeth K. H. Pasqualini has
over 15 years of experience defending clients against criminal charges,
and you can trust her to aggressively defend you in court and communicate
transparently with you throughout your case.
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There are two categories of assault in Pennsylvania: simple assault and
aggravated assault. To convict someone of simple assault, a prosecutor
must prove the following beyond a reasonable doubt:
- The defendant intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly attempted to cause
bodily injury to another person
- The defendant negligently caused bodily injury to another person with a
- The defendant attempted to use physical menace to intimidate another person
with imminent serious bodily injury
Aggravated assault can occur when the defendant does any of the following:
- Causes serious bodily injury to another and shows an extreme indifference
to human life
- Places the victim in fear of serious bodily injury and the victim is a
law enforcement or correctional officer performing their duties
- Intentionally and knowingly intends to cause serious bodily harm to a member
of the teaching community at a school
Penalties for Assault
Simple assault is charged as a second degree or a third degree misdemeanor
depending on the situation, and carries a penalty of up to 1 year in prison.
If the assault occurs against a child under the age of 12 by an adult
over the age of 21, it is a first degree misdemeanor punishable by up
to 5 years in prison.
Aggravated assault is a felony of either the first or second degree depending
on who the offense was committed against. For instance, if the assault
occurs against a police officer or firefighter, it will be a first degree
felony that carries up to 20 years in prison. Otherwise, it will be a
second degree felony with up to 10 years in prison.
Domestic Violence Laws
Under the Protection from Abuse Act, domestic violence is a form of assault
that involves the use of intimidation, threats, or actual physical violence
against another member of the same family. Domestic violence can be physical,
sexual or financial and can happen through different types of communication,
including written, telephone, fax, e-mail, or voicemail. Some examples
of domestic violence charges are:
- Child abuse
- Criminal trespass
- Domestic assault
- Endangering the welfare of children
- Sexual assault
- Violation of protective order
Penalties for Domestic Violence
In the state of Pennsylvania, penalties for domestic violence can be severe.
You could be facing jail time, probation, restraining orders and even
lose the right to own firearms. Depending on your conduct and factors
such as your prior offenses or history of domestic violence, you may be
charged with a felony or misdemeanor.
To prove involuntary manslaughter, a prosecutor must show that you caused
the victim's death by reckless or grossly negligent conduct while engaging
in lawful or unlawful activity, such as reckless driving, speeding, child
neglect, and DUI. Involuntary manslaughter is a first degree misdemeanor
punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
A person who kills an individual without lawful justification commits voluntary
manslaughter if, at the time of the killing, they acted under a sudden
and intense passion resulting from serious provocation by the individual
killed or another who they intended to kill. Voluntary manslaughter is
convicted as a first degree felony that carries imprisonment for up to 20 years.
Note that what sets apart first degree murder from second degree murder
is premeditation. To convict you of first degree murder, the prosecutor must prove that you
had a specific intent to kill, which the state may decide by considering
your actions, use of a deadly weapon, or other circumstances. First degree
murder charges are not to be taken lightly, and they are punishable by
the death penalty or life imprisonment, depending on your case.
Let EKHP Law, LLC Fight Your Violent Crimes Charge
If you have been charged with committing a violent crime, contact an experienced
defense attorney to represent your case immediately. EKHP Law, LLC has
years of trial experience and can confidently take your case to court
with an aggressive and fearless defense strategy. Especially in a case
of violent crime that might have severely lasting repercussions, you deserve
an aggressive and winning attorney on your side.
Contact EKHP Law, LLC to schedule your free initial consultation today.