Baltimore, MD asked in Criminal Law for Pennsylvania

Q: Why would a simple assault charge also show up as a felony for a first time offender? What happens next?

Me and my husband got into a fight and he put his hand on my neck (the police decided it was choking me but i could still breathe). I dont feel threatened by him, it was a misunderstanding. This is the first time he ever did this and we're on a no contact order until court. I just want him back home.

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Cary B. Hall

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Norristown, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: He was probably charged under a fairly new statute called "Strangulation," which is a second-degree felony -- and it's just as serious as it sounds.

Your husband needs good legal representation, and right now, so that you both can nip this case in the bud before it progresses any further. I do a lot of these types of cases. If you'd like to talk, contact me ASAP via the information on my Justia profile. Best of luck to you both.

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