Facing a Charge of Domestic Violence, Assault, or Stalking? You Need a Robust Defense

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jan 23, 2024 | 0 Comments

Amy L. Cohen, a doctor based in Narberth, was recently charged with several offenses, including making terroristic threats, stalking, aggravated assault, arson, reckless endangerment, attempted first-degree murder, and more. According to police, Dr. Cohen is accused of intimidating and threatening an elderly female resident of Merion and her family members in Montgomery County and Philadelphia. On November 24, a threatening flyer was found at the victim's home, which included antisemitic language and specific references to the victim's granddaughters, who do not live with the victim. On November 30, a woman identified as Dr. Cohen set fire to the front door of the victim's home. According to police reports, Dr. Cohen previously dated the boyfriend of the victim's granddaughter for a period of six months. The boyfriend ended the relationship, which left Dr. Cohen "very emotional," and then began dating the victim's granddaughter. Dr. Cohen has been arraigned and is being held in prison in lieu of $5 million cash bail. The LLF Criminal Defense Team has extensive experience successfully defending charges like these. Call us today at 888.535.3686 or contact us online

Assault, Stalking Can Be Considered Domestic Violence


In Pennsylvania, a crime of assault is considered a crime of domestic violence when the victim is a spouse, former spouse, domestic partner, family member, or the parent of a shared child.

Assault involves bodily injury. In Pennsylvania, simple assault is a second-degree misdemeanor, and penalties may include a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment for up to two years.

Aggravated assaults are considered second-degree felonies if there is no serious bodily injury, and they carry a fine of up to $25,000 and up to ten years in prison. Aggravated assaults that cause or attempt to cause serious bodily injury are considered first-degree felonies, which carry a fine of up to $25,000 and imprisonment of up to 20 years.


Stalking is a continued pattern of intentional malicious behavior that causes the victim to become fearful or emotionally distressed. In Pennsylvania, just contacting an individual repeatedly or trying to get in touch with them can be construed as stalking, even if you meant no harm.

Terroristic Threats

In Pennsylvania, making terroristic threats is considered a crime, and if the threats are directed against a spouse, former spouse, domestic partner, or family member, it can be considered domestic violence. Alleged victims of domestic violence will receive additional protections under the law, which may bring a Protection from Abuse (PFA) Order against them, regardless of their guilt or innocence. If convicted, your punishment may include up to five years in jail.

If you have been arrested and charged with domestic violence, assault, stalking, or making terroristic threats, contact the LLF Law Firm immediately. The LLF Criminal Defense Team has extensive experience successfully defending these charges. Call us today at 888.535.3686 or contact us online.

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