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Aggravated Assault Charges in PA

Location: Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Posted: Wed. Jul 19
An aggravated assault in Pennsylvania is defined as causing or attempting to cause serious bodily injury to another. The “seriousness” of the injuries is what normally separates aggravated assault from simple assault. A serious physical injury generally occurs when there is a substantial risk of death or when the injuries cause permanent disfigurement, and/or impairment of a body part.

If officers arrive on the scene shortly after or during the altercation, they will make an initial determination of who the “victim” was, and who the aggressor was. This is usually based upon visible bodily injuries, or the credibility of the parties involved. Officers can, at this point, decide to file charges through the district attorney with or without a complaint by the “victim.”

Defending Against Aggravated Assault
A felony assault charge in Pennsylvania can be defended against with the help of an experienced local attorney. One common defense used is self-defense. Assault charges are often based upon circumstantial evidence and ‘he-said, she-said’ statements.

If the defense can demonstrate to the court that the assault may have occurred in self-defense, then it will fall upon the prosecution to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the accused did not act in self-defense. This is a very high standard of proof at trial that may result in a finding of not-guilty, or in the charges being dropped.

Tibbott & Richardson takes the defense of our clients very seriously. We are experienced attorneys who know how crucial your defense is to your future. We have been handling assault cases in Pittsburgh, Allegheny and Cambria County with aggressive representation and the local prosecution and court experience required to gain positive outcomes for our assault clients.

Call our law offices today for a free initial consultation

Tibbott & Richardson
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Pittsburgh, PA 15219
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