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If you face assault charges or the police want to talk to you about a Philadelphia case, our team at the Law Offices of M.J. Snyder, LLC., wants to connect with you today. We can go to work on your defense quickly, representing you and protecting your rights.
Our firm has helped thousands of clients get more favorable outcomes in their cases. We may be able to clear your name or negotiate a lesser charge or reduced penalties. The first consultation is free, and our phone lines are open 24/7.
You Could Receive Severe Penalties if Convicted of Assault Charges
Assault is a serious accusation. Prosecutors may charge you with a misdemeanor or felony assault charge, depending on the circumstances of what they claim happened. A serious misdemeanor conviction could call for years behind bars and significant fines.
The sentence accompanying a felony conviction may be even worse. Under 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 2702, the penalties for committing an aggravated assault could mean up to a decade in prison and a $25,000 fine.
The consequences of an assault conviction could impact your life for years to come. However, you do not have to fight these allegations alone. Our team may be able to help you have your case dismissed, reduce the severity of the charges you face, or negotiate a plea agreement for a lesser sentence.
Additional Charges You May Face
Often, those accused of assault face additional charges as well. In Pennsylvania, this could include charges related to:
- Weapons offenses
- Recklessly endangering another person (REAP)
- Possession of an instrument of crime (PIC)
Our team regularly helps clients who face numerous offenses. We will consider all the accusations against you, investigate what happened and what led to the allegations, and develop a defense that addresses all of them.
How Our Firm Can Help with Your Philadelphia Assault Case
At the Law Offices of M.J. Snyder, LLC., we know the common defenses to assault charges and can apply one of them or another defense in your case. Examples include:
- You were acting in self-defense.
- You did not intend to hurt the victim.
- The victim did not suffer any injuries.
- There are questions about the victim’s credibility.
- Law enforcement did not identify the right person.
We can get to work for you right away. One of our defense attorneys may represent you in questioning or a court appearance as soon as you enlist our help. We will begin our investigation into what happened and gather evidence to support your case immediately. Once we’ve prepared your defense, the attorney will represent you during a jury trial and present the case on your behalf.
Potential Outcomes for Your Case
We aim to use our experience, resources, and the evidence we gather to seek the best possible outcome for you. In many cases, our team can help clients even when the evidence seems stacked against them. Potential results include:
- Getting the charges against you dropped
- Clearing your name at trial
- Negotiating a plea deal for a lesser charge, such as a misdemeanor instead of a felony
- Reaching an agreement for a reduced sentence, such as probation instead of extended time in prison
You can speak with a team member from the Law Offices of M.J. Snyder, LLC., now to learn more about how we can help based on the circumstances of the case. A free consultation awaits.
What is Assault Under Pennsylvania Law?
In general, assault offenses in Pennsylvania fall under simple assault or aggravated assault. Under Pennsylvania law 18 Pa. Cons. Stat § 2701, a simple assault occurs when someone:
- Attempts to harm someone else
- Intentionally causes physical harm
- Carelessly caused harm using a deadly weapon
Under 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 2702, aggravated assault occurs when a simple assault causes serious bodily harm to the victim or victims.
Proving Assault Charges
The prosecution must prove several things to convict you of assault:
- That you were the person involved
- Whether there was intent
- The severity of the victim’s injuries
We may be able to present evidence to challenge any of these factors. Our assault charge defense team from the Law Offices of M.J. Snyder, LLC., can get started on your case today. We will fight to defend your rights in the face of assault charges.
Enlisting Legal Representation in Your Case
We invite you to speak with our team as soon as possible about your case. Our Philadelphia office has someone available to discuss your situation now. If you come to us early enough, we could get started before the prosecution even files charges and represent you during questioning and initial hearings. In some instances, it may be possible for us to uncover evidence that causes the police to look elsewhere before they even charge you.
Even if you do not have the opportunity to hire our team before your arrest, you have a right to receive legal representation when facing criminal charges. You can contact us for yourself or on behalf of a loved one. The earlier we can go to work protecting your or your family member’s rights, the more time we will have to build a strong defense.
Call us to Learn how We May Be Able to Help with Your Case Today
If you want to seek help from our team at the Law Offices of M.J. Snyder, LLC., you can discuss your case and learn more about our services at any time. We provide free consultations to potential clients around the clock. During this call, we can go over the accusations of assault, whether you face charges, and what to expect next.
Call (215) 515-3360 now to get started.