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Downingtown, Pennsylvania Assault Defense Attorney

Perhaps you made a poor judgment call or found yourself drawn into an action that you wish you had avoided. Whatever the cause, you are now facing a criminal conviction.

You’re not alone. Downington filed three assault charges in a recent year. Chester County, where Downington is located, saw 50 assaults during that same period, including 13 aggravated assaults.

Unfortunately, an arrest for or even an accusation of criminal conduct can have life-changing ramifications. Attorney Michael J. Skinner knows Pennsylvania’s criminal laws and has represented clients for years. Steeped in knowledge pertaining to procedural methods to assist his clients in avoiding the significant consequences and severe penalties that often result from a criminal conviction, Mike Skinner gets results.

If you face assault charges, seek legal representation as soon as possible. Contact the Skinner Law Firm today.

What Actions Constitute Assault?

Domestic Assault

Domestic assault can lead to severe outcomes. Pennsylvania defines domestic assault in two ways: misdemeanor domestic assault and felony aggravated domestic assault.

Misdemeanor Domestic Assault

This simple assault charge occurs when someone:

  • Attempts to cause or intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another.
  • Negligently causes bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon.
  • Attempts by physical menace to put another person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury.

Felony Domestic Assault

Pennsylvania law describes felony domestic assault in this way:

  • An attempt to cause serious bodily injury to another family or household member, or causing such injury intentionally, knowingly or recklessly under circumstances that indicate extreme indifference to the value of human life
  • Attempt to cause, or intentionally or knowingly cause bodily harm to a family or household member with a deadly weapon.

Common Domestic Violence Charges in Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Harassment

This charge involves following another person in or near public places; repeated unwanted communication, or engaging in annoying or alarming cyber contact, and more.

Stalking

If a person follows another person with the intent of placing that person in reasonable fear of bodily injury, this action is known as stalking.

Child Abuse

When a parent or guardian knowingly endangers the welfare of a child by not providing proper care or engaging in abusive behavior, these actions can bring charges of child abuse.

Sexual Assault

This charge in Pennsylvania is considered a felony of the second degree. The crime is engaging in sexual intercourse with a person who has not consented.

False Imprisonment

If an individual knowingly and unlawfully restrains an individual against his or her will, the act is defined as false imprisonment and brings a second-degree misdemeanor charge.

Additional Assault Offenses the Skinner Law Firm Fights

  • Reckless endangerment
  • Assault on a law enforcement officer
  • Assault by a prisoner
  • Terrorist threats
  • Ethnic intimidation, and more

Skinner Law Firm – Helping You Fight Assault Charges in Downingtown, Pennsylvania

If you face charges for a violent crime of any kind, you need an experienced attorney who knows how to fight the accusations. The Skinner Law Firm dedicates itself to fighting for the rights of its clients. Email us today or call (610) 436-1410 for a free consultation—and let us work on getting the best possible outcome for your case.

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