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 are often 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 may still be charged in the criminal system and fined and imprisoned. A Hanover Twp. criminal defense attorney can navigate you through the complicated legal system and various charges.
The Citizens Voice reports that 5 men are charged with various offenses including simple assault, harassment, and one of the five is charged with discharging a firearm. The charges stem from a fight outside of an American Legion in Hanover Twp. on March 6th where several of the men were injured, but none of the injuries were from the gunfire.
If you are accused of aggravated assault or simple assault, you need a Wilkes-Barre criminal lawyer to navigate the legal system and ensure that your rights are protected. A Luzerne County defense attorney will listen to your side of the story and present any available defenses to the charges at hand.