Delaware County Assault Defense Attorney
People argue and get into verbal altercations frequently. Professional or domestic disagreements can escalate to where there is a threat of violence being used by one of the parties. In order to qualify as an assault, it is not necessary that the assailant actually touches the other person to qualify. One merely has to present a credible threat to have committed the crime. If you have threatened to hit, punch, stab, shoot, or otherwise harm another person and the threat was intentional, you may have committed an assault and you’ll need to engage an assault defense attorney immediately.
Please call the Law Office of John P.M. Rutan, assault defense attorney. John understands and has defense experience in every aspect of assault. The prosecution has to prove that the defendant acted intentionally in order to prove assault. An accident is not assault. A victim must have been placed in imminent danger. A person who swings an ax while yelling that he will kill you has committed an assault whether he strikes you or not. A person that points a gun at your head and threatens to rob you could have committed an assault. A person that grabs you by the shirt and raises his clenched fist as if to strike may have committed an act of assault. If one reasonably believes that their physical well-being is intentional and imminently threatened, an assault may have been committed. A person has committed assault whether or not the punch is thrown, or the bullet is fired. The keys are that the threat must be intentional, reasonable to believe will occur, and if carried out will cause harm.
It’s the job of an assault defense attorney in Delaware County to make sure that you are not being charged with an assault crime that you have not committed. Just because you have been charged with assault does not mean you’re guilty. Standard criminal defenses strategies apply, such as self-defense, intoxication, duress, etc. At the Rutan Law firm, we have experienced Delaware County assault defense attorneys that will give you the best criminal defense representation that you need.