Violent Crimes Attorney in Philadelphia

Greater Philadelphia Violent Crimes Lawyer

At the Law Offices of Joseph S. Mitchell III, we handle a wide variety of violent crime cases. These are very serious offenses and require an experienced criminal defense attorney. Common violent crimes cases often involve Domestic Violence , Temporary Restraining Orders (TRO), Assault & Battery, and Attempted Murder.

Aggravated and Simple Assault Lawyer

Simple assault is causing or attempting to cause bodily injury and may also involve pointing a weapon at someone. Aggravated Assault involves causing or attempting to cause serious bodily injury or any injury to a police officer, bus driver, school official, etc. Various types of behavior are considered assault – even threats and attempts to physically injure someone come would qualify as an assault (provided the alleged assault victim was aware of the threat).
The severity of an Assault charges can vary. Attorney Joe Mitchell has experience handling Aggravated Assault & Simple Assault cases, and works to aggressively protect your rights.

Attempted Murder Attorney

In order for a person to be found guilty of attempted murder, it must be proven that the defendant acted “deliberately and intentionally or recklessly with extreme disregard for human life.” In other words, the person attempted to kill someone or did something that was a substantial step toward committing the crime. Preparation to commit the crime is not considered a substantial step toward committing a crime. In some cases, a charge of assault with a deadly weapon or an aggravated assault will be charged as an attempted murder if the injuries are serious or the potential for serious injury is great.

Attempted Murder is a very serious criminal offense. Please call our office as soon as possible to discuss your case. Attorney Joe Mitchell is an aggressive, experienced criminal lawyer that will fight for your rights.

Murder and Manslaughter Attorney

First-degree murder is defined as an unlawful killing that is both willful and premeditated, meaning that it was committed after planning or “lying in wait” for the victim. Pennsylvania also adheres to a legal concept known as the “felony murder rule,” under which a person commits first-degree murder if any death (even an accidental one) results from the commission of certain violent felonies-usually arson, burglary, kidnapping, rape, and robbery.

Second-degree murder is ordinarily defined as either an intentional killing that is not premeditated or planned, or a killing caused by dangerous conduct and the offender’s obvious lack of concern for human life. Second-degree murder may best be viewed as the middle ground between first-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter.

If you have been charged with a serious crime, like homicide or manslaughter, you still have constitutionally guaranteed rights. Attorney Joe Mitchell has extensive experience handling violent crimes and will ensure that police, jail, and law officials respect your rights. For further information, contact my offices at 215-557-7111.