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Violent Crimes

DeCailly Law Group, PA handles all types of violent crime.


Wikipeda states that "a violent crime or crime of violence is a crime in which an offender or perpetrator uses or threatens to use force upon a victim. This entails both crimes in which the violent act is the objective, such as murder or rape, as well as crimes in which violence is used as a form coercion. Violent crimes may, or may not, be committed with weapons. Depending on the jurisdiction, violent crimes may vary from homicide to harassment. Typically, violent criminals includes aircraft hijackers, bank robbers, muggers, burglars, terrorists, carjackers, rapists, kidnappers, torturers, active shooters, murderers, gangsters, drug cartels, and others."


Assault can be divided into two primary categories: simple assault (assault in the 2nd degree) and aggravated assault (assault in the 1st degree).

A simple assault can range anywhere from a tap on the shoulder to a hard push, punch, kick, or tackle. An assault sometimes does not even have to involve contact. It can be charged if one is put in apprehension of a harmful touching. Again, the consequences can be serious, and there are often self-defense issues involved. We will explore all potential self-defense arguments and negotiations when considering these matters.

An aggravated assault or assault in the 1st degree is a major felony. When one is charged with felony assault, it often involves the allegation of a weapon (knife, bat, baton, crowbar, bottle, etc.). Sometimes the complaining witness is seriously injured and sometimes, once again, they were just put in apprehension or fear of a serious injury. This happens often when there are allegations of someone brandishing a knife to threaten somebody.

The consequences are quite grave for these charges. Upon conviction, one may receive many years of incarceration. Once again; however, there are often self-defense issues involved. In these situations, there are often witnesses. If so, we will investigate what they saw or heard prior to trial and prior to making any decisions. We will investigate their credibility and their perception.


Restraining orders are commonly associated with situations involving domestic violence allegations. We can help those defending himself or herself from having a restraining order imposed as well as those seeking protection from another with the use of a restraining order.

When there are no witnesses other than the complaining witness and the Defendant, it often comes down to the credibility of each party. Our office will assure that a witness who is lying will be exposed as such. The issues involved are often sensitive, and DeCailly Law Group, PA understands this. We are here to help and defend.


Involuntary Manslaughter to Murder in the 1st Degree
These are the most serious of crimes, and the consequences could range from years in prison to the death penalty. It is not hopeless, however. The same defenses to other crimes still apply to homicides. Illegally collected evidence is still considered tainted and could be suppressed in court. There are often self-defense arguments that need to be presented. As the loss of human life presents the gravest of circumstances, please contact us immediately if you find yourself or a love one charged with a crime of this nature.


DeCailly Law Group, PA defends against all weapons charges including:

  • Possession of Firearms
  • Unregistered Handguns
  • Automatic Weapons
  • Handgun in a Vehicle
  • Possession of a firearm by those in a disqualified group
  • Firearm possession in the commission of a violent offense
  • Firearm possession in conjunction to a drug trafficking offense
  • Possession of a firearm with the serial code altered
  • Discharging of a Firearm
  • Possession of prohibited weapons; not firearms

Weapons offenses are very serious as the government often imposes harsh punishments and lengthy jail sentences. In fact, some firearm offenses carry mandatory sentences upon conviction of 5, 10, or 15 years without any evidence that the firearm was used or was even going to be used. Individuals with prior convictions are highly at risk for harsh sentences if convicted of firearm offenses. Remember; however, the same rules of evidence apply. If the evidence the government plans to use against you was collected in a manner in violation of your Fourth Amendment Constitutional rights against unreasonable search and seizure, the case can still potentially be dismissed.

On other occasions, people find themselves in high-risk environments where they genuinely feel the requirement of a weapon considering the surrounding circumstances or environment. We can express these sentiments and present the honest reality of the unfortunate predicaments in which many in society find themselves.

Again, we will not judge you. We will only help you. Talk to us about your problem and we will seek a solution.


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