Assault is the knowing or intentional infliction, or attempt, 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 to 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 assaulted may have instigated the altercation and may have thrown the first punch, a charge still may be filed.
False imprisonment is the unlawful restriction of another person's freedom to leave a given area. It is not necessary for the victim to be physically restrained, but false imprisonment also could be charged when the victim is being held under duress or left without a reasonable means of escape.
The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that a South Scranton man was charged with assault, harassment and false imprisonment for striking his live-in girlfriend and for physically preventing her from leaving their dwelling. The suspect is being held at Lackawanna County prison awaiting a preliminary hearing.
If you are accused of aggravated assault or simple assault, then you need an experienced Scranton 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 defense to the charges at hand.