Assault/Violent Crimes


Violent Crimes Defense Lawyer serving Central and South Central PA

At its most basic essence, an assault charge stems from a fight between two or more people. Typically, if we go back and look at an assault incident at its inception, it is the result of an emotional response to a particular situation.

Often a person may be charged with an assault as a result of a domestic dispute – a conflict arising within a marital, dating, or familial relationship. In other cases, it may be an act of retribution that triggers a criminal charge for assault. For example, the victim had previously assaulted or taken negative action against a loved one of the person now being charged with assault. Alternatively, there may be other situations where it is as simple as a couple guys at bar or party who had too much to drink and decide they want to test their manhood against with one another.

These are just a few, limited examples of circumstances that may result in a person being charged with an assault crime. It should be clear from these examples that assault crimes can impact all people’s lives in a variety of ways and the circumstances from which they flow are limitless. Assault Crimes Attorney Shawn Curry  possesses the knowledge, experience and skill necessary to fight to protect your rights.

Not All Assaults Are Created Equal

Since assaults occur in a variety of situations, the assault crime a person is ultimately charged with varies based upon a number of factors involved in those circumstances.

Whether the fight or assault is one-sided or mutual will typically determine what charges are filed, who they are filed against, and the severity of the assault charges and punishment one could be subject to. For example, a person may be charged with Simple Assault, graded as a 2nd Degree Misdemeanor, if they strike another person during a verbal argument. However, if both parties engage in a mutual fight during that same argument, they could both be charged Simple Assault, graded as a 3rd Degree Misdemeanor, a lesser included offense.

While Simple Assault is the most common assault crime charged, there are varying types of assault based upon a person’s conduct. To that end, the most significant pure assault crime is Aggravated Assault, a Felony offense. A person might be charged with Aggravated Assault if the assault results in an attempt to cause or causes serious bodily injury. Additionally, if the assault is against a police officer or similar person working in their official capacity, the charge will be elevated to an Aggravated Assault where it would otherwise have been a Simple Assault.

There are also a number of “companion” crimes that a person facing an assault offense may also be charged with depending on the particular facts in the case, for example:

  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person
  • Endangering the Welfare of Children
  • Terroristic Threats
  • Stalking
  • Harassment
  • Ethnic Intimidation

Consequences and The Deadly Weapon Enhancement

Regardless of the specific assault crime you are charged with, the direct and collateral consequences can be significant. If found guilty of an assault charge, you will have a permanent criminal record for a crime of violence and could be subject to prison, probation or parole, fines, court costs, and a loss of firearms privileges. As a result of these punishments, you could lose your job.

However, where a “deadly weapon” is possessed or used during the commission of an assault, you would face enhanced penalties. For example, a person with no prior criminal history who would normally get probation could face months in jail. Deadly weapons are not limited to guns and knives. For example, vehicles, bricks, and tools could all be considered deadly weapons.

Context Matters and So Do You

At Colgan & Associates, LLC, we say, “Every Client Matters” and we mean it. When your freedom is on the line, you should care what that means to your life and the life of the people you care about. When you select an attorney to represent you, your attorney should care about your life and the people it impacts like you do. We do.

The sooner you engage our individualized, client-driven approach and representation in your case, the sooner we can begin to implement a strategy to put you in the best position at the end of your case. At the inception of our representation, we will not only develop an understanding of the facts specific to your assault charges but we will also get to know you as a person. This assists us in understanding the context within which your assault incident occurred.

We understand there are at least two sides to every story. We want to ensure that your side is told. Often, the whole story and its context paint an entirely different portrait than what was originally portrayed in the accusations against you. Whether by negotiation or litigation, this strategy can mitigate, if not eliminate, some or all of the consequences you were originally facing.

Assault Crimes Defense Lawyer Shawn M. Curry provides professional representation founded in trust. To that end, he will engage in open, honest, and candid communications in order to set reasonable expectations for you.

To schedule a free initial, phone consultation, please contact our office at 1-800-717-1793 or contact us online.

The Law firm of Colgan & Associates, LLC proudly serves clients throughout Central and South Central Pennsylvania including, but not limited to, Harrisburg, York, Hershey, Camp Hill, Carlisle, Mechanicsburg, Shippensburg, Gettysburg, Cumberland County, Dauphin County, York County, Adams County, Perry County, Mifflin County, and Juniata County.

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