Simple Assault Lawyer Philadelphia
Simple Assault is a misdemeanor punishable by jail in many cases. Police will charge simple assault when someone is the victim of an “unwanted touching.” Unwanted touching can range from a mere push or touch to a punch or other hitting of another person.
While Simple Assault is a misdemeanor, it does carry significant consequences. It can result in jail time, and end up on your record. The latter is important because your record is often searched by potential employers, landlords, and even some lenders to get a picture of your life. As a result, if you are facing an allegation of assault, it is important to make sure that you have an experienced advocate who can either minimize the damage or get the charges dismissed for you.
Defenses to Assault
There are a number of defenses to Simple Assault that a Criminal Defense Attorney can use to help you. These defenses include self-defense and identification.
Self-defense is when a person must fight back to prevent injury to themselves. It is required that, for you to assert self-defense, you fight back only enough to be able to get away from the other person, and then retreat to a place of safety. For example, someone who fights back, but then severely beats the initial aggressor will unlikely be able to successfully assert a self-defense claim. This, however, like all things in court, is heavily fact dependent. A good lawyer may be able to successfully assert self-defense and win.
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Identification is another defense an experienced attorney can assert. If the other party fails to adequately identify you, and there are no other witnesses, an attorney can do a motion for a line-up, and challenge the initial identification.
Even if you do not qualify for any of these defenses, your lawyer can influence the final disposition of your case by working out a deal for lesser charges or grading with the District Attorney’s Office. No matter what your situation, having an attorney is extremely important, and will help minimize the damage an assault charge can do to you.
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The Criminal Defense Attorneys at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. have decades of experience handling assault cases. We have had success fighting these types of charges in court, either completely beating the case or getting a much better result than the one with which you were initially faced. Please Contact Us today for a free consultation.
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