Most crimes are listed and defined in Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes.  That means they are considered crimes whether you live in or around Pittsburgh, Beaver, Butler, Westmoreland, or Washington.  As a Criminal Defense Attorney in Pittsburgh, I represent clients across Western Pennsylvania.  One category of offenses includes Crimes Involving Danger to the Person.  These are crimes that usually involve injuring another person or threatening to injure another person.

What Are The Common Names For These Crimes?

In every day life, these crimes are known as:

How Serious Are These Crimes?

These crimes range in all levels from the most basic of summary offenses, like a harassment, to a First Decree Felony, like Murder in the first degree.  Generally, it all depends on how much the allege victim is injured, what you used in the commission of the crime (weapon), and whether there was any intent on your part to commit the crime.

What About Defenses?

There are defenses to these crimes.  There is always the common defense that you were not present at the time of the crime.  But, you may also make a claim of self-defense.  Both Defenses require you to have to “right” facts in order to properly defend your case.  Because of the seriousness of these charges, you want an aggressive, experienced attorney on your side from the beginning.

Whether you were arrested or charged by summons, give me a call.  Call (412) 209-0657 and ask for Matthew Becker.  We will have a no obligation consultation to determine your best options.  If I miss your call, I will always call you back.