Defending assault charges in Philadelphia requires legal skill and the ability to recognize holes in the prosecution’s case as well as evidentiary issues and conflicting witness testimony. Assault laws in Pennsylvania are designed to prevent our citizens from suffering an attack by another person. They do not exist to prevent us from defending ourselves, or to wrongfully punish someone who may have simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time.
There are several successful tactics for defending assault charges in Philadelphia which result in reduced charges or a dismissal of the case altogether. Your actions may not have been reckless or intentional. You may have also been acting in self defense or to protect a loved one who you believed was in immediate danger. The prosecution must prove that an assault took place and the actions of the defendant were purposeful or intentional, or that the defendant knowingly or recklessly caused the injury of another person without the legal right to do so.
There are three degrees of misdemeanors associated with assault charges in Philadelphia. A conviction for a first degree misdemeanor assault can result in a prison sentence of up to five years. Second and third degree misdemeanor assault convictions may still result in prison time.
Wimmer Criminal Defense aggressively defends our clients in Philadelphia criminal cases. When defending assault charges in Philadelphia attorney Lauren Wimmer works to challenge arguments of intent or recklessness and undermine the allegations of the prosecuting attorney. We expose holes in the prosecution’s assertions regarding the sequence of events and the actions which lead to criminal assault charges. If you are looking for an attorney with experience defending assault charges in Philadelphia we invite you to review the recommendations of our clients and call 215-712-1212 for a free consultation or contact Wimmer Criminal Defense. Ask about the focus and attention we give to every client and the aggressive manner with which we defend our clients from start to finish.