Assault is the knowing or intentional infliction of bodily harm upon another. Aggravated assault is more serious than simple assault and usually involves some object used as a weapon and/or the intent to cause serious bodily injury to the other person. Weapons lead to more severe criminal charges and increased jail time. There often are defenses or justifications for assaulting another person such as self-defense or defense of a third party. Although the person whom you assaulted may have instigated and thrown the first punch, you still may be charged in the criminal system and fined and imprisoned.
The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that a Scranton woman was charged with aggravated assault and simple assault after she approached her neighbor with a sharp object, punched the neighbor, and smashed a bottle off the victims head. The alleged perpetrator is being held at Lackawanna County jail awaiting a preliminary hearing.
If you are accused of aggravated assault or simple assault, then you need an experienced Scranton criminal defense attorney to navigate the legal system and to ensure that your rights are protected. A Scranton criminal defense lawyer will listen to your side of the story and will present any available defenses to the charges at hand. Don't leave your rights and freedom in the hands of the legal system. Contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer at Rogan Law today.