Pittsburgh Domestic Violence Defense
If you’re arrested for domestic violence, you will likely be charged with simple assault. Under Pennsylvania law, you may be charged with simple assault even if the alleged victim did not suffer any actual injury.
Simple assault includes:
- Attempting to cause bodily injury;
- Attempting to put someone in fear of imminent serious bodily injury; and
- Actually causing bodily injury with behavior that is intentional, knowing, or reckless.
Spivak Law Firm routinely helps people charged with simple assault by attempting to get the charge withdrawn, dismissed or reduced to a lower-level offense. For a free consultation with an experienced assault and domestic violence defense attorney, call Spivak Law Firm at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.
Simple Assault v. Aggravated Assault
The criminal charge of simple assault is typically graded as a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum of two years in prison. By contrast, the more serious criminal charge of aggravated assault is often graded as a second-degree felony punishable by a maximum of ten years in prison.
Aggravated assault includes:
- Attempting to cause serious bodily injury;
- Attempting to cause bodily injury to another with a deadly weapon; and
- Actually causing bodily injury under circumstances showing extreme indifference to the value of human life.
Although a simple assault charge may be resolved at the preliminary hearing before a magistrate, it is typical for people facing an aggravated assault charge to have their cases heard before a judge at the Court of Common Pleas.
To speak with an experienced domestic-violence defense attorney, call Spivak Law Firm at (412) 344-4900 or toll free at (800) 545-9390.
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Spivak Law Firm routinely represents clients in Pittsburgh and all surrounding counties, including: Allegheny County, Beaver County, Butler County, Washington County and Westmoreland County. We also accept cases in Armstrong County, Clarion County, Crawford County, Fayette County, Greene County, Indiana County, Lawrence County, Mercer County, Somerset County and Venango County.