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Assault Defense Attorneys in Harrisburg

Aggressively Protecting Your Rights & Fighting for Your Freedom

When many people think of assault, they picture physical contact — punching, kicking, or brawling. However, assault is much broader than that. You can be charged with assault for simply attempting to cause bodily harm. You can also face charges for placing someone else in fear of imminent harm.

Pennsylvania law establishes two types of assault charges:

  • Simple assault involves physical contact, attempted physical contact, or fear of bodily harm. If there are any resulting injuries, they are temporary or minor. Examples include bruises, cuts, and swelling.

  • Aggravated assault involves serious bodily injury (or an attempt to cause serious injury). If a deadly weapon was used — such as a gun, knife, bat, or hammer — the case will usually be charged as aggravated assault.

These charges might involve strangers or acquaintances. They might also involve family or household members. In domestic abuse situations, the alleged victim can seek an order for protection, which would force you to stay away from your home and family members.

For experienced legal guidance on any type of assault charge, contact Shaffer & Engle. We are extremely familiar with the nuances of Pennsylvania courts and criminal proceedings. You can rely on us to fight for you every step of the way.

How to Defend Against These Charges

The prosecution has the burden of proof — and that burden is high. As a result, there may be many angles from which to challenge the state's case.

For example:

  • Perhaps prosecutors can't prove you had the intent to harm or injure someone.
  • Self-defense is a make-or-break consideration in many of these cases.
  • Perhaps they can't prove it was you who committed the assault.
  • Maybe you were only attempting to protect yourself or others.

Our Harrisburg assault defense attorneys can help you develop the strongest possible defense for your situation. Since our team includes a former prosecutor, we have a leg up in understanding the opposition's tactics. Let our experience be your advantage.

Call (717) 268-4287 for a Free Consultation

Discuss how we can protect your rights in a free consultation with our attorneys. Our assault defense lawyers in Harrisburg also serve clients throughout Dauphin County. You can trust us to provide you with the knowledgeable and effective representation you deserve.

Call (717) 268-4287 or contact us online to get started.

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