State College Assault Attorneys
Were You Accused Of Assault?
Assault charges can arise in a variety of circumstances, ranging from bar fights and scuffles between partners to attacks that could have or did cause serious bodily injury to another. It is also possible to be charged with assault even if no injury occurred. Causing someone to fear that you will harm them is also grounds for an assault charge. When the incident is relatively minor, the charge is generally simple assault. Simple assault penalties can range from probation to several years in jail, depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident.
Altercations or attacks that result in or could have resulted in serious bodily injury are charged as aggravated assault. A conviction for aggravated assault carries numerous significant consequences that can drastically affect your rights and your future. An aggravated assault conviction can result in prolonged incarceration in a state prison and loss of the right to own a firearm, and can jeopardize your custody rights if you have children.
A seasoned attorney will be able to explore and develop potential defenses to raise at trial or to assist in plea negotiations, depending on the facts of your case. Some of the defenses we might present in an assault case are mistaken identity, self-defense and lack of intent.
Defending You Against Serious Criminal Charges
The attorneys at Engle, Kauffman & VanHorn, P.C., provide aggressive advocacy when you need it most. Regardless of whether your assault charge is a misdemeanor or felony, we will assess your options and formulate a defense strategy that best fits the unique facts and circumstances of your case. Our goal is always to reduce your exposure to criminal penalties and avoid the serious consequences of a criminal conviction.