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Tough Defense Against Violent Crime Charges

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A bar fight, a misunderstanding between neighbors or a disagreement that escalates to threats of injury are just a few ways in which you may end up charged with a violent crime. While there are many kinds of violent crimes, they all have one thing in common: the potential for heavy, life-changing penalties.

The law firm of John C. Lackatos, P.C., understands the effects allegations of violence can have on your life. Many violent crimes are felonies, and they are prosecuted vigorously. Our founding attorney spent years as a police officer before working as an assistant district attorney. He applies this experience when building a knowledgeable and thorough defense strategy.

What Are Some Violent Crime Charges?

Depending on the circumstances and the degree of the charge, you could face substantial prison time if convicted of a violent crime. Following a conviction, you could struggle finding employment, completing your education or obtaining housing. To minimize these negative consequences, it is important to have legal advice when accused of any of these offenses:

Harassment is the least serious assaultive defense. Striking, shoving, kicking or otherwise subjecting another person to physical contact when done with the intent to harass, alarm or annoy that person can result in a harassment charge.

Simple assault occurs when your actions cause or attempt to cause bodily injury It can also apply when your actions attempt to intimidate or cause fear.

Aggravated assault Occurs when your actions cause or attempt to cause serious bodily injury to another person. There are also variations when your actions cause or attempt to cause bodily injury against a person who is a law enforcement official, first responder, or in a school setting.

Manslaughter alleges that your actions resulted in the death of someone else, either accidentally through negligence, or intentionally in a moment of passion.

Murder is intentionally taking someone’s life or causing death.

Any of these assaultive types of crimes, when committed in a domestic relationship, can have additional firearms consequences.

A skillful defense against a charge of a violent crime can involve many factors, including self-defense, mistaken identity, lack of intent or other extenuating circumstances. Your freedom — and perhaps your life — may be at risk, and we will investigate every angle when answering the charges against you.

Keep Your Future Safe. Call Today.

No matter how simple or complex the allegations may be, having an aggressive defense is essential. Contact our office to begin constructing that strategy for you. You can reach us by email, or by calling 814-346-7286 to schedule your free initial consultation.

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and surrounding areas.